Police investigators have stated that they have been aware of the manual for the past six months. The sheriff's office received it through an email listserve.
“I've never seen anything like it. It was pretty amazing when I first saw it just because how detailed it was, I personally haven't worked a case on it, but it has been located within our region,” said
Detective Philip Graves with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
Graves told WFTV
that sending or receiving the manual by email or possessing it is not a crime in Orange County. However, federal investigators are trying to track down where the manual initially came from.
"I was more amazed that someone would be as bold as to create an actual 170-page document that would detail how to do it," he said.
The manual, which was allegedly written by someone who calls himself "the mule," is a how-to of child molestation, even explaining where and how to find potential victims, the ABC
Among the many disturbing topics covered in the book is how to convince a victimized child not to tell his or her parents, says police investigators. This is why parents must pay close attention to their children and who they come in contact with.
"People who are engaged in the exploitation of children are talking about these things, and how to avoid law enforcement," Seminole County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Dan Purcell told TV station WESH-TV
Orange County and Seminole County Deputies believe whoever is responsible may have committed crimes against children.
A message from computer savvy police investigators to whoever wrote the manual and those who are forwarding it around the country- "Make no bones about it, we're online too and we're watching you," said Sgt Purcell. Police are monitoring game rooms and chat-rooms and other locations online where child predators are known to congregate and share ideas on the best ways to molest children and avoid prosecution.