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Mr. Greaves argues in the book 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.

Sheriff Judd said he and his detectives got Mr. Greaves to sell the book to them for $50; he sent it through the mail and told officers it was his last copy.

“If we can get jurisdiction … we’re coming after you,” Sheriff Judd said. “There’s nothing in the world more important than our children.”

Mr. Greaves is being charged with distribution of obscene material depicting minors engaged in conduct harmful to minors.

Associated Press writers P. Solomon Banda and Kristen Wyatt in Denver contributed to this report.