Dawson said the young girl told him she was a cheerleader with more than 100,000 followers on Instagram.
“And she shows me her Instagrams which are like—first of outright— I don’t know whether I’m allowed to say this but, like, she’s, like, sexy,” Dawson says in the recording.
After his co-host calls Dawson “disgusting,” he goes on to relate what he calls “[his] justification for pedophilia.”
“First of outright, let me just say, having sex with children, or touching children, or anything of that nature is terrible, and you should not conclude it,” Dawson says.
“Here’s my thing,” he continues. “People maintain foot fetishes. People maintain fetishes approximately, you know, everything. And there’s websites on the internet where they can ogle at that weird creepy shit and jerk off to it. Okay, fine, everybody conclude your thing,” Dawson says.
“So why is it when somebody, looks at — googles like, “bare baby” on Google, and jerks off to it, they can obtain arrested?” he says.
“Because somebody took a picture of a bare baby,” his cohost responds.
Dawson then describes googling “bare baby,” but said that he wasn’t trying to view child porn.
“First of outright, I don’t understand why anybody would be turned on by that,” he says. “But … but it was sexy.”
“I’m kidding,” he immediately says.
In a video posted on Wednesday, Dawson said that he didn’t actually conduct the Google search, and was simply telling a joke.