Phillip John Eide

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A Predator caught on tape.
Phillip John Eide ("Xavier von Erck") is the self-styled leader of Portland based cyber-vigilante organisation Perverted Justice.

IM Discussion

This is taken from an Instant Message conversation involving a 16yo girl and Phillip John Eide/Xavier Von Erck of Perverted Justice. I have copied it from [not operated by PJ]
Ellavoir (5:44:29 PM): Hi I want to send you a voice clip (or give me somebody to call) so I can prove I’mr eally sixteen? I emailed you. Please don’t block me — I’d like you to really hear my voice, and if you really want to help minors, don’t you want to find out who I am so you can “protect” me?
XavierVE1 (5:45:08 PM): My goal is not to protect minors. It’s to go after pedophiles. And believe me, I know the “throw the voice to sound young” trick better than anyone. We’ve perfected it. Run along now.
Ellavoir (5:46:23 PM): what do you mean? Don’t you go after pedophiles specifically to protect kids? otherwise there’s no point. also, you’re right — i’m sure sounding young isn’t that hard.
xavierve1 signed off at 5:46:23 PM.
XavierVE1 signed on at 5:46:34 PM.
XavierVE1 (5:46:49 PM): No, it’s because pedophiles are disgusting people. Like you. That’s why we go after them. Protecting kids is just a side benefit.
XavierVE1 (5:46:56 PM): Now begone to blockville with you.
XavierVE1 signed off at 5:47:02 PM.
Xavier Von Erck’s goal is not to protect children from predators; he simply hates paedophiles and uses “child protection” as an excuse for his actions. [1]

Reporter Confrontation

Eide's relationship with the media is rather simple; he seems able to cope when his "expertise" is held in high regard by the staff involved. For a contrary example, see this video.


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Suspicious behaviour

Phillip John Eide

Eide aroused suspicion in 2008, when he refused to allow investigators to copy the hard drive of a computer he used to entrap a victim:

"According to court documents, the decoy, Perverted Justice founder Xavier Von Erck, recently told prosecutors the hard drive from the computer he used to chat with Wolin "experienced a complete failure" in February 2007 and cannot be copied." [2]

This is supported by a 25 Sept, 2008 hearing in which it was revealed that PJ refused to allow a search on one of their computers, claiming that the hard-drive had experienced a failure.


Eide has taken part in and been banned from Wikipedia. On August 14, 2007, after months of harassing other editors and biasing the Perverted Justice article, his XavierVE account was banned. This followed an incident in which he described the user Tyciol as a pedophile.