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Friday, October 05, 2007

Update: Federal Prosecutor Hangs Himself

I blogged about this a few weeks ago. Today, it has been reported that he hung himself.

Federal Prosecutor Accused In Sex Sting Commits Suicide

MILAN, Mich. -- John D.R. Atchison, the federal prosecutor who was arrested in an Internet sex sting after he allegedly traveled to Michigan from Florida to have sex with a 5-year-old girl, hanged himself in a Michigan federal prison Friday morning.

Atchison, 53, of Pensacola, Fla., was put on suicide watch after he used a bed sheet in an attempted suicide in September.

Detroit police confirmed Atchison's suicide death at 10:14 a.m. Friday. They have not released any details.

Atchison was a married father of three and a respected figure who coached girls' softball and basketball in a park a few blocks from his home in this well-to-do beach community.

Atchison had been communicating with an undercover sheriff's detective from Macomb County, Mich., who was posing online as the fictitious girl's mother and arranged for him to have sex with the child, police said.

He was arrested carrying presents for her, including a doll and earrings, and sexual materials, officials said.

"There were no red flags. He was normal. He went to work at the courthouse Monday through Friday. It's not like he carried dolls to the ballpark," said police Lt. Rick Hawthorne, who knew Atchison for more than 10 years and coached softball.

In the community that once applauded Atchison for his dedication to youth sports, people now worry that the assistant U.S. attorney might have held other secrets. But authorities have so far found no cases of child molestation in Florida involving Atchison.

The Pensacola mayor has tried to reassure parents and other residents alarmed by Atchison's arrest. "There was nothing involving local children and there should be no implication that there is," he said.

As a federal prosecutor, Atchison mostly worked on tax and financial crime cases. According to court records, it appears he never prosecuted child sex abuse cases.

Atchison's attorney, James C. Thomas, released a statement Friday: “We are deeply saddened to learn the death of John Roy Atchison. Our heartfelt regrets go out to his wife and children, his parents and his brothers and sisters. This is a man who has 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. I expect to be filing a Suggestion of Death and will request the federal judge to dismiss the case once I receive the necessary documents.”

Atchison was charged with three felonies, the most serious of which is crossing state lines with intent to have sex with someone under 12. Conviction carries a minimum 30-year prison sentence and a maximum of life.

This cowardly scumbag didn't even have enough balls to stand trial and face his punishment if convicted. Good Riddance!! We can all sleep a little better tonight knowing that there is one less scumbag on Earth!!



  • At 10:28 PM, Blogger Mary Ellen said…

    I don't know...maybe this is better for his family. At least they don't have to deal with the publicity of a trial. I don't feel too sorry for him, but having little kids...they're the ones who will suffer the most.

  • At 10:24 AM, Blogger Randal Graves said…

    But now he gets to be with the Sweet Zombie Jesus and have an eternity to learn right from wrong.

  • At 2:29 PM, Blogger ParisL0ve2 said…

    I feel sorry for his family that they had a father or a husband that was a sick pig. But I have no sympathy for him. I, for one, am glad he's dead.

    He did the world a favor by killing himself. Now, no child has to endure being abused by him.

    Had he not killed himself, I'm sure once he got into the general population in prison, it would have been only a matter of time before we heard the news that he was dead. Prisoners don't like people accused of the crimes that he was.


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