(AP) - Police are investigating whether the author of a guide for pedophiles did anything illegal even as they try to protect him from a threat posted on a local website.
Phillip Ray Greaves II of
"He was just a normal man. He didn't seem unnerved by us being there,"
Police told Greaves that he'd been threatened on a local website and that they would monitor his home for his safety.
Greaves, 47, has no criminal record and is not a registered sex offender,
"At this point we're still reviewing it, though there's still no indication of any crime being committed,"
The book, "The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child-lover's Code of Conduct," includes first-person descriptions of such encounters, purportedly written from a child's point of view.
Greaves argues that pedophiles are misunderstood, as the word literally means to love a child. He adds that it is only a crime to act on sexual impulses toward children, and offers advice that purportedly allows pedophiles to abide by the law.
Greaves also self-published other books on Amazon and was a frequent writer to the Pueblo Chieftain editorial page. His letters to the editor were mostly about local matters and the role of government. Last month, Greaves wrote a letter calling for criminal fines to go to "randomly selected charities" instead of the government.
Amazon has declined comment to The Associated Press. Greaves also declined an interview but told The Smoking Gun website on Wednesday that he suffers from depression and that he had sexual contact with children while still a child himself.
The website said that when asked if he had engaged in sexual acts with children as an adult, Greaves first said "could have" before saying that he hadn't. He also said he suffered a mental collapse about three years ago while working as a nursing home aide.
Greaves said he had only sold one book and insisted it doesn't advocate for adults to harm children.
"The best advice I can give a pedophile is, accept that masturbation is your best friend," Greaves told The Smoking Gun.