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Fla. prosecutor charged in sex sting kills self Had been detained… 
6th-Oct-2007 09:21 am
Fla. prosecutor charged in sex sting kills self
Had been detained while allegedly trying to fly to molest 5-year-old girl
DETROIT - A federal prosecutor from Florida accused of flying to Detroit last month to molest a 5-year-old girl committed suicide in his cell Friday in federal prison, authorities said.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John D.R. Atchison was found unresponsive, taken to a hospital and pronounced dead, said Felicia Ponce, spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Washington. A previous suicide attempt was foiled in September, according to authorities.

Atchison was being held in a special housing unit in the prison in Milan, about 36 miles southwest of Detroit.

The administrative detention area houses all levels of prisoners, and Atchison had a cell to himself, Ponce said.

She declined to say how Atchison killed himself or whether he was on suicide watch, saying the death was being investigated.

Atchison, 53, was arrested last month at Detroit Metropolitan Airport after weeks of Internet conversations between the prosecutor and a detective posing as the mother of a 5-year-old girl, authorities have said.

Carried presents for girl
He was carrying presents for the girl, including a doll and hoop earrings, and also had sexual materials, including petroleum jelly.

After his arrest Atchison was placed on suicide watch, but it was lifted at the request of the defense, after Atchison assured a U.S. magistrate he wouldn't harm himself.

Two days later, Atchison used a sheet in his Sanilac County jail cell to try to hang himself around 4 a.m. Another inmate yelled out to jailers, who kept Atchison from hurting himself, according to Sanilac County Sheriff Virgil Strickler. Atchison was later moved to the Milan prison.

Atchison, a married father of three, was an assistant U.S. attorney in northern Florida, based in Pensacola. Gulf Breeze, Fla., residents have described him as a respected figure who coached girls' softball and basketball in a park a few blocks from his home.

A statement released Friday by his lawyer, James Thomas, said Atchison had "done a lot of good in his life."

"Unfortunately, he is going to be judged by his most recent charges and what we have read in the media, and not by the goodness, hard work or by the love of his family," the statement read.

The statement also said Thomas would file a request to have the case dismissed.

Authorities have said they found no cases of child molestation in Florida involving Atchison, who worked mostly on tax and financial crime cases.

The prosecutor had been charged with three felonies. The most serious charge was crossing state lines with intent to have sex with someone younger than 12. Conviction carries a minimum 30-year prison sentence and a maximum of life.
Remember when this story broke? Follow that link. This wasn't his first time, even if he didn't meet with success in it. Shame about his family, but I'm glad he's dead, however it happened. I'm glad any time news breaks that one of these walking nightmares is dead and starting to rot. It makes me happy and sates part of me in a deep, fundamental way that I will not apologize for or be ashamed of.
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7th-Oct-2007 02:38 am (UTC)
I wonder how it is these scum bags get away with this for so long and consenting adults get in trouble for doing legal things related to sex? See my latest LJ post on this topic if you wish.

Our society really is repressed when it comes to sex, sending out double messages and then wondering why people end up like this guy. If we'd just let the sexual kitty out of the bag, get over the snickering over our genitals then maybe this sort of psychological problem would end????

At least no other children will be hurt by this one!

Hugs Jude! Christina
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