Monday, September 17, 2007

Local U.S. Prosecutor Nabbed on Child Sex Charges

We absolutely hate to sound like a tabloid. Still, maybe this will bring home to people just what is at stake when the Attorney General of the United States hires on the basis of party loyalty -- and nothing else:
A federal prosecutor from Florida was ordered held in custody Monday after he appeared in U.S. District Court in Detroit on a charge that he flew to Detroit intending to have sex with a 5-year-old girl.

John David R. Atchison, 53, of Gulf Breeze, Fla., an assistant U.S. Attorney in Florida's northern district, is expected to appear again in court for a detention hearing on Tuesday.

He was caught in an Internet child sex sting run by the Macomb County Sheriff's Department and the FBI and arrested Sunday when he flew into Detroit Metropolitan Airport from Pensacola, Fla., according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Detroit.

A sheriff's deputy posed as a mother who was interested in finding someone to have sex with her children, in a sting that has already netted a California paramedic and numerous other alleged pedophiles from around the country.

According to the complaint, Atchison reassured the sheriff's deputy who was posing as the child's mother that he would not hurt the 5-year-old because he goes "slow and easy," and "I've done it plenty."

Of course, hard as it would be to say this to a victim's parents, there are larger principles at stake than even this when the president appointments and then protects a hack for Attorney General -- such as the liberties we all enjoy.

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WEAR-TV has the jump on tomorrow morning's Pensacola News Journal. With a photo (below) and the Second Amended Criminal Complaint (pdf version).

Photo said to be of arrested suspect Atchison


Sunny said...

I track most of the Republicans misadventures in order to expose the disconnect between their lawmaking and their actual life choices.

I looked at Smashed Frog yesterday and thought, "Wow. This blog is starting to look like a scandal sheet."

The sting operation is a nasty law enforcement tool. When used with the Internet, it's like shooting fish in a barrel.

LE has made the Friendly Stranger issue huge again--it cyclical in nature...and the best way to "prove" a problem exists, is to reflect lots of easier way that the use of the sting.

It gets weird when one of their own drowns in the barrel.

This guy traveled...but many never do...the cops show up at the house for the "chatters". Life ruined--for typing words on a keyboard.

Your post is not tabloid--it's a relevant post to just another fear-based tactic supported through Homeland Security.

Mosquito said...

Isn't it interesting how the corporate media never fails to put the Democratic label on wrongdoers when they are exposed but always fails to apply the Republican label when it is appropriate. Thie is a REPUBLICAN U.S. Attorney.

Heck I remember when Fox News falsely labeled Republican Mark Foley as a DEMOCRATIC Representative when they exposed Foley.

Gotta love that Corporate's the new with a twisted message....

Mayfly said...

Now that the GOP has driven out their moderates, there are only two types of Republicans left: the sociopaths and the gullible.