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Pedophiles are adults who prefer having sex with children over having sex with other adults, and while it is frowned upon in almost every community on Earth, it's tolerated and even in some cases celebrated in the SpongeBob fandom, where being in touch with your inner child is often a prerequisite for being able to enjoy the show in your 20s. Unfortunately, being in touch with your inner child has a tendency to lead to touching of other people's outer childs. The SpongeBob fandom has the second-highest incarceration rates for pedophilia-related crimes in the United States due to this, after only the MLP fandom, of course.