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What is a pedophile? What would you call someone who views

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What is a pedophile? What would you call someone who views child pornography, but would never (or claims he would never) touch a child?
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Pedophilia involves regular urges and preference for either engaging in sexual activities with children, or entertaining images, mental representations or thoughts of a sexual nature about kids. So regular viewing of child pornography but not acting out or claiming one would never touch a child would do nothing to eliminate one's likely diagnosis of pedophilia. Viewing child porn is of course, illegal. Period. I'll pause here and allow you to follow up with a question or comment, or fill in some more details if you wish. I'll be away from the computer for a while so I appreciate your patience. Take your time responding. Thanks.
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