PUEBLO, Colo. (KKCO) - Police are aware of at least one threat against Phillip R. Greaves II that was posted on-line after the story about his book aired Wednesday.
The book, called “The Pedophile’s Guide To Love And Pleasure”, drew national attention-- and outrage.
It was being sold on Amazon. But Amazon bowed to the pressure by people pushing for a boycott for distributing it.
The book had more than 2,000 “reviews,” virtually all of them negative.
There was also a Facebook page: “Boycott Amazon.com for Selling How-To Guide for Pedophile." More than 2,200 people say they like that idea.
Amazon initially defended its sale of the book because it “believes it is censorship not to sell certain titles because we believe their message is objectionable.”
Greaves says the response to his book is a "knee-jerk reaction" to its title by people who have not read it. But also says he’s learned controversy sells books: prior to Wednesday, he’d sold one copy. After the story hit national news, CBS News reported he sold more than 3,000.
Greaves said he’s not a pedophile, and he added, “The word ‘pedophile,’ I believe, means somebody who loves children, OK? And you’re not somebody who loves children if you’re raping and murdering and killing them.” He also says, “Anything such as kissing, fondling, that sort of thing I don’t think is that serious of a problem.”
Colorado Springs Police Detective Daniel Anderson says the department is working with Pueblo police to protect Greaves.
He said, "As we started speaking with him we did ask for a copy of the book because we wanted to know what he wrote and kind of see what he's been putting out. Throughout the day he's now starting to get threats through the media, not from the media, but through the website, people posting his address and folks are making inadvertent threats . So, we felt it upon ourselves that even though he's put something out there that none of us agree with, we still have to protect him."
Greaves says he published the book to address what he considers unfair portrayals of pedophiles in the media. He says "true pedophiles love children and would never hurt them."