Do you think pedophilia is a sexual orientation?

I am in no way condoning it but there has been much pessimism about the topic. It can be viewed as a sexual orientation because it is a implanted mental orientation like homosexuality. Pedophiles or anybody really cannot permanently change their sexuality to suit society. While some can suppress it like the rest... show more I am in no way condoning it but there has been much pessimism about the topic. It can be viewed as a sexual orientation because it is a implanted mental orientation like homosexuality.
Pedophiles or anybody really cannot permanently change their sexuality to suit society. While some can suppress it like the rest of humanity it is near impossible to completely suppress.

I make reference to a story that I read in a paper about a year ago discussing the issue (sorry don't have a link). It referenced a Portuguese tourist in Australia that was under trial for changes of pedophilia, while going from the jail to court road blocks changed the route and took him past a school yard. The man got an erection while in the vehicle which is what predominately convinced the jury.
At the moment it is just considered a mental illness, but so was homosexuality up until ~1970

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Update: @ Guitar
So how is homosexuality not also a mental disorder if it can and does cause some heterosexuals distress?
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