LAKE PARK, Fla - A disturbing manual has surfaced through emails in Florida.
It describes, in 170 detailed pages, how to molest a child.
It was first found by the FBI in Central Florida, but now investigators in Palm Beach County are aware of the manual as well.
The manual talks about places pedophiles can target children, among other things, and is too graphic to include within this article.
Nancy McBride, spokeswoman for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, calls the manual shocking.
"Without a doubt it's outrageous. It's horrible that such a document exists, there's no question," said McBride.
The writer of the manual has not been arrested. In some cases, simply writing this type of manual is legal.
For example, if it involved pictures of child pornography, it would be illegal.
Both the Palm Beach County sheriff's and state attorney's office are aware it exists.
The Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office says this isn't the only manual floating around on the internet.
In fact, the state attorney’s office says several similar manuals are circulating in Palm Beach County.
Police across the state track the Internet for predators searching for this type of material.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office keeps tabs on sex offenders when they're released from prison.
Registering all email addresses is a requirement for registered sex offenders.
Sergeant Mark Jolly said, "We feel that it's been very successful with the limited manpower that we do have. We're still able to go out and track the over 900 offenders that we have living in Palm Beach County."
The state attorney's office also works closely with several police departments in tracking Internet sex crimes.
There are about 60 open cases involving child pornography in Palm Beach County.
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