What is the Distribution of Obscene Materials?
A Colorado man who wrote a how-to guide for pedophiles is scheduled for his first appearance in a Florida court. Phillip Greaves of Pueblo, Colo., is charged with violating Florida’s obscenity law, a third-degree felony. A court hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.
The 47-year-old was arrested Monday in Colorado. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd claims jurisdiction because Greaves sold and mailed a copy of his horrifying book directly to undercover deputies who had requested a copy and paid $50.
Florida’s obscenity law prohibits the “distribution of obscene material depicting minors engaged in conduct harmful to minors.”
Greaves is being held at the Polk County Jail. He told local media on Tuesday that he “only has sex with grown-ups” and that his book falls under his constitutional right to free speech.
He’s charged with distribution of obscene material, and if convicted faces up to five years in prison.
This article was posted in WPTV News.
Distribution of Obscene Materials and the Law
According to Florida law, material is considered obscene if compared to community standards, depicts a shameful or morbid interest in nudity, sex or excretion, and without redeeming social value. In addition, if it goes beyond customary limits of candor in describing or representing these interests, it is considered obscene. Even undeveloped photographs, molds, printing plates, etc. can be deemed obscene even if it hasn’t completed the process required to patent or disseminate the material.
If you have been charged with any child related crimes, you are looking at a long road ahead of you. Child related crimes can be anything from physical abuse to sexual battery of a minor, to child neglect. These crimes are very serious and you need to immediately contact a criminal defense lawyer to help you figure out your situation.
Philip Greaves is facing five years in prison simply for the distribution of obscene materials. If you have actually committed a crime harming a child, you need to immediately consult a criminal defense lawyer. He or she is your only hope now.