- - Tuesday, December 21, 2010

CONNECTICUT

Craigslist removes global adult services listings

HARTFORD — The state’s attorney general says Craigslist has confirmed that it has removed adult services ads from its global sites.

The online service already had deleted that section on its U.S. sites in September under pressure from officials over whether it was adequately policing illegal ads.

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal says Craigslist representatives confirmed to his office Tuesday that it had also removed erotic services listings from hundreds of sites in dozens of other countries.

Representatives of San Francisco-based Craigslist did not return messages Tuesday about when the change went into effect. The removal was first reported on Wired magazine’s website.

FLORIDA

Pedophilia guide author denies book is obscene

BARTOW — A Colorado man who wrote a how-to guide for pedophiles said Tuesday that his book is not obscene.

Phillip Greaves, 47, of Pueblo, Colo., arrived at the Polk County jail in central Florida on Tuesday morning and was due in court Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

He was arrested Monday in Colorado and charged with violating Florida’s obscenity law, a third-degree felony. If convicted, he faces a maximum of five years in state prison.

Speaking to reporters outside the jail Tuesday, Mr. Greaves denied the book is obscene and said he plans to fight the charge.

“I characterize it as a book of showing people who have been improperly represented,” he said. “And also telling people how they can go about to improve their own lives and so that these people that are being incarcerated now can possibly be rehabilitated.”

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd claims jurisdiction because Mr. Greaves sold and mailed the book to undercover deputies who had written him requesting a copy.

Florida’s obscenity law prohibits the “distribution of obscene material depicting minors engaged in conduct harmful to minors.”

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