Originally Posted by Reba
According to the definition in your post #144 pedophilia is an obsession.
"pedophilia n. an obsession with children as sex objects."
Obsessions can develop into compulsions.
The obsession (thoughts) of pedophilia can develop into the compulsion (uncontrollable behaviors) of sexual exploitation (stalking and porn) and abuse (physical contact) of children.
Yes. Can, but not always. But the fact that they can is why it is extremely important to treat the disorder before it starts to involve a compulsive feature.