Best-selling author John Grisham is backpedaling on comments he made that suggested sentences for child pornography may be too harsh.

Out promoting his new novel "Gray Mountain," Grisham railed against judges he said had "gone crazy" for locking up too many people for minor charges.  He told "The Telegraph" we have prisons filled with 60-year-old white men who have never harmed anybody all because they may have pushed the wrong buttons online and found themselves on the wrong websites.

Grisham sought to clarify his remarks in a statement on his website Thursday, saying his comments were in "no way intended to show sympathy for those convicted of sex crimes."  He said he regretted making the comments and apologized to all.