The Moralist is a novel by Rod Downey. Downey has said that he was influenced by governmental responses to the Rind Report. The Moralist is a story about a taboo love between an adult and a child.
Richard 'Red' Rover is a 50-year old public relations consultant who volunteers for a creative writing program and ends up mentoring a 12-year-old boy called Jonathan Frame. Red falls in love with Jonathan and wins the trust of his parents and friends, effectively becoming a part of the family. He takes Jonathan on outings (the first with his sister Angie Frame to Buccaneer Bay), buys him presents, takes photographs of him and eventually offers to pay for orthodontic dental work.
Red is a self-confessed "boylover" and has had sexual relationships with a number of boys. After submitting himself to a hostile TV interview, he is investigated by the police and Jonathan is also interrogated.