pe·​do·​phile | \ˈpe-də-ˌfī(-ə)l, ˈpē- \

Definition of pedophile 

: one affected with pedophilia

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Decades-long pedophile scandals and systematic cover-ups have stained the Catholic Church's reputation. Fox News, "Pope: new bishop replaces convicted Australian cleric," 3 June 2018 Paterno feebly said in 2012, and because he couldn’t be bothered to figure it out, the pedophile Sandusky roamed free for nine more years. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Like Penn State with Sandusky, Michigan State failed to stop Nassar," 22 Jan. 2018 Doesn’t get more vile than wishing for a young boy to be raped by pedophiles. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Peter Fonda apologizes for Barron Trump tweet that sparked movie boycott and scorn," 20 June 2018 The Vatican has focused for the past decade on punishing abusers themselves rather than the bishops and religious superiors who moved pedophiles from parish to parish rather than reporting them to police or removing them from ministry. Time, "Pope Francis Publicly Condemns the Church's 'Culture of Abuse and Cover-Up'," 1 June 2018 According to an estimate by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, before the internet, a collection of 150 photographs would be considered large for a pedophile. NBC News, "Cheap tech and widespread internet access fuel rise in cybersex trafficking," 30 June 2018 She was groomed by a charismatic pedophile, manipulated into thinking rape was love at the age of 13., "The Tale Is The Most Realistic Portrayal Of Rape & Trauma You’ve Ever Seen," 25 May 2018 People have attacked unaffiliated restaurants with similar names, and some have baselessly accused Red Hen of being run or owned by pedophiles. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "The Red Hen and the Weaponization of Yelp," 26 June 2018 In a third, four children were molested after a pedophile avoided conviction for murdering a 9-year-old girl. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A killer left DNA evidence behind. But Milwaukee police destroyed it.," 22 June 2018

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1912, in the meaning defined above

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pe·​do·​phile | \ˈpēd-ə-ˌfīl, ˈped- \
variants: or chiefly British paedophile \ ˈpēd-​ \

Medical Definition of pedophile 

: one affected with pedophilia

called also pedophiliac

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