John David Roy Atchison, Republican prosecutor, was arrested for soliciting sex from a 5-year old girl, then killed himself three weeks later. At the time of his arrest, Atchison was an "assistant U.S. attorney" appointed by President Bush's attorney general. *** DETROIT --
A U.S. Justice Department official has been arrested on suspicion of traveling to Detroit over the weekend to have sex with a minor.John David R. Atchison, 53, an assistant U.S. attorney from the northern district of Florida, was arraigned in U.S. District Court in Detroit Monday afternoon. An undercover officer posed as a mother offering her child to Atchison for sex, according to police.Prosecutors said Atchison flew from Pensacola, Fla., to Detroit on Sunday intending to have sex with the 5-year-old girl.He was arrested at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.He is charged with enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity. According to authorities, Atchison made contact with a detective working undercover for the Macomb County Sheriff's department's.The detective, acting as the child's mother, allegedly arranged a sexual encounter between Atchison and her 5-year-old daughter, police said.In deposition, detectives said Atchison suggested the mother tell her daughter that "you found her a sweet boyfriend who will bring her presents. "The undercover detective expressed concern about physical injury to the 5-year-old girl as a result of the sexual activity. Detectives said Atchison responded, " I am always gentle and loving; not to worry, no damage ever, no rough stuff ever. I only like it soft and nice." The undercover detective asked how Atchison can be certain of no injury. He responded, "Just gotta go slow and very easy. I've done it plenty," according to detectives. Atchison, a member of the Florida bar association since 1984, lives in Gulf Breeze, Fla., near Pensacola.He is president of the Gulf Breeze Sports Association, a youth athletics organization.He described himself online as a family man. His wife is a science teacher at Gulf Breeze High School. The Macomb County Sheriff's Department and the FBI were a part of the investigation.Atchison remains in federal custody and a detention hearing will be held on Tuesday. Attribution: http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/14132485/detail.html *** ohn David R. Atchison
(August, 1954 â€“ October 5, 2007) was an assistant http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Attorney"
title="U.S. Attorney">U.S. Attorney in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_District_Court_for_the_Northern_District_of_Florida"
title="United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida">Florida's northern district who gained notoriety when he was arrested for suspicion of soliciting sex from a 5-year old girl. Atchison was born in 1954 and held both a bachelor's degree from the University" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Florida">University
of Florida and a law degree from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cumberland_Law_School"
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University in Birmingham, Alabama. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in June 1984
and the Georgia Bar in June 1985.
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] He was married to and had three children with Barbara Atchison and lived in Gulf Breeze, near Pensacola.
On September 16, 2007, Atchison was arrested at the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detroit_Metropolitan_Airport"
title="Detroit Metropolitan Airport">Detroit Metropolitan Airport in a sex crime sting operation undertaken by the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macomb_County,_Michigan"
title="Macomb County, Michigan">Macomb County Sheriff's department.
He was charged with "enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity using the Internet", "aggravated sexual abuse" and "traveling across state lines to have sex with someone under the age of 12".
At the time of his arrest, he was carrying presents for his intended victim, including a doll and a pair of earrings. Also in his possession was a jar of petroleum" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petroleum_jelly">petroleum
jelly. Following his arrest, he tried to commit suicide via hanging in his jail cell on September 20, 2007. Atchison had been removed from a suicide watch the previous day after assuring his lawyer and a judge that he would not harm himself. He was not injured in the suicide attempt, which another inmate reported about 4 a.m.
On October 5, 2007, Atchison committed suicide in his prison cell.