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I hate people. -- And also, did you see this on the news yet? [Sep. 22nd, 2007|07:05 am]
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Seems to me this should be getting more press then it is...


DETROIT (AP) - An assistant U.S. attorney from Florida was arrested in an Internet sting operation after flying to Michigan to have sex with a 5-year-old girl, authorities said Monday.
John D.R. Atchison, 53, was arrested Sunday at Detroit Metropolitan Airport after several weeks of Internet conversations between the prosecutor and a detective posing as the mother of a 5-year-old girl, authorities say.

"There wasn't much reaction from him at all," Macomb County Sheriff Mark Hackel said. Atchison was cooperative with authorities, he said.

He was charged with using interstate communication to entice a minor to have sexual contact and traveling across state lines with the intent of engaging in illicit sexual contact. If convicted of both charges, he faces up to 40 years in prison.

According to court records, Atchison initiated an online chat Aug. 29 with an undercover officer posing as a mother interested in letting men have sex with her daughter.

At one point, Atchison said: "I'm always gentle and loving; not to worry; no damage ever; no rough stuff ever ever," according to an affidavit filed in court.

Atchison, of Gulf Breeze, Fla., is a prosecutor for the U.S. attorney's office for northern Florida, based in Tallahassee. He requested a court-appointed lawyer at his hearing Monday.

Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

My question to you... how should this bastard be punished? Feel free not to mince words.

I have a few ideas but I'd like to hear yours too.


And because I try not to make all of my entry horrific at any given time, here's some happy Ukrainian Eurovision dancing.

[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-09-23 12:38 am (UTC)
What do you suggest as a way to catch people that intend to hurt children then? If he was looking online for this sort of ting, eventually he probably would have fond some awful parent, or child slaver who would be willing to sell him a couple hours with a baby for the right price.

I'm thrilled this cocksucker is going to jaile,a nd that everyone knows who he is now. I think that all chidl molestors should have to wear a permanent mark, so that they have limited opportunity to hurt a child again, should they ever be deemed as worthy of getting out of prison.

And as far as I'm concerned, they should stay in jail. You hurt a child in that way, that's it. Zero tolerance policy. Or if there is proof you intended to hurt a child. Same thing. Entrapment or not. I honestly don't care, so long as these sleazebags never have the opportunity to be within glancing distance of my child.
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[User Picture]From: smadaf
2007-09-23 02:00 am (UTC)
I just read all your replies, randomposting.  Thanks for them.

I'll keep my reply brief, since much of it would just be repetition of what I've already said multiple times in other comments.

I see two common themes in your comments.  One is that, where I suggest the questionability of X, you ask whether (maybe rhetorically; i.e., you're stating that) I prefer Y.  I say I have too little information on which to judge what this guy has done, and you ask whether I'm saying that I think he did not do bad things.

It worries me when I see so many people making all kinds of assumptions about someone they've never met on the basis of what, for some, may be nothing but a single article by the A.P.

Perhaps a better thing for the police to go trolling for would be real parents of real children who really are offering up their kids for this kind of stuff.  Remember that, unlike the many cases that involve posing as children who could become the victims of these predators, we here have police posing as a parent who would offer up a child for such things.  I found it curious that I didn't see any comments (though I confess I haven't read all the comments) here about the phenomenon of real parents who do offer their real children in these ways.

You asked whether I question his guilt.  Of course I do.  One article by the A.P. that I can read in two minutes about what one group of persons says about someone I've never met doesn't give me a very firm basis at all to talk about what the person actually has done in life, let alone what's gone on in his head.

Let's say I'm a cop; let's say I suddenly step before some TV news microphones and say I have evidence that randomposting was planning to victimize some people:  should everyone leap up to vilify you?

Anyway, I still think that, in certain ways, this culturally accepted genital mutilation is worse than typical rapes.  In one, you have something abhorrent done to you, and, though your mind may be injured for a very long time, your body may go uninjured at all, or may heal soon with no permanent damage.  But the removal of an entire organ:  that automatically results in a lifelong physical change to one's body.  Are you saying that you would be less scarred, physically and emotionally, if you simply were penetrated against your will than if someone cut out a piece of your genitals and threw it away?

As to what would have had to happen to me in order for me to want to bring "this man to justice":  let's not get deeper into what's happened to us.  Or, at least, I don't want to get into my own history.

You said "And I agree there's a lot that needs to happen to educate children on stranger safety and what not, but that doesn't help those poor children who are being pimped out or whatever, and don't have anywhere to turn."  I'm sorry; I don't understand this.  Teaching children about how to deal with being abused would not help them with the matter of where to turn to when something like this is done to them, or when they encounter someone who seems to be planning to do it to them?  The point specifically is to give them people to turn to; it's to let them know about the bad things that could happen to them, the things they can do to evade these malicious efforts, and all the people who are ready to help them in an instant if they need it.

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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-09-23 02:43 am (UTC)
Eee! Long. Don't know where to start. I'll try and keep it brief for real this time. Promise. ;)

I was also very surprised that the phenomenon of parents offering up their children for this sort of thing wasn't addressed. I figured it would be, and for the most part I haven't been posing questions, except for those in direct response to comments others have made. I just addressed that largely in a comment you received probably jsut before reading this.. I think the punishment should be the harshest allowed by the law.. and more.

It's court affidavit's though, and to get in a court affidavit... the comments about being gentle with a five year old, and flying accross state lines to do this with her? I don't see how there's any question of guilt there, unless you're suggesting that the police are lying, but what would they gain by doing that? Especiallly with his high profile job. Usually things like this get pushed under the rug, so the fact that this one wasn't I think speaks volumes..

And genital mutilation is horrific, but it's a reality in that part of the world. It's terrible and it certainly must be stopped but these girls grow up in an area where that is the cultural norm. I think it's different then rape. Though one of those ha happened to me and not the other so I certainly can't comment on both parts with any kind of perspective. I have found historically that the cultural practices of one society is disgusting, vile, cruel and evil by anothers, and vice versa. I look forward to the day when this particular practice is ended, regardless of cultural feelings.

Not every child is sent to school. Not everyones parents educate them beyond the school system. There's a lot of children that wouldn't be reached in this way, and though it's wonderful to teach kids about the dangers of strangers, there is still much more that needs to be done.
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[User Picture]From: smadaf
2007-09-23 02:01 am (UTC)
[Continued from previous note.]

"How do you propose the law to find child molesters on the street?"  Why not instead work in chat rooms to find parents who are offering their real children for this kind of thing?  See:  you can still work in chat rooms, still search for people with bad intentions, who may have evidence of already having done physical bad things to children—but, this time, you're finding the people who are doing bad things, or planning to do bad things, with real kids.  All the hours these police officers spend in these chat rooms pretending to be parents offering up pretend children could instead be used for pretending to be molestors who are seeking out real abusive parents of real abused children.  You still find people in chat rooms, and you still pretend to be a child abuser (as the police did in this sting, pretending to be the nonexistent parent who would abuse this nonexistent girl)—but, instead, you catch people who are putting real children at immediate risk.

This isn't to say that people who seek this kind of thing with people who turn out to be cops aren't seeking this kind of thing in reality.  It's simply about allocating resources more effectively.

If your child is abused by, let's say, a couple down the street who've already been successfully offering up their own child to strangers online for years, and then you find out that the police could have caught that couple, wouldn't you be furious to know that, instead, they'd been going after people who were only planning on abusing kids who didn't even exist, when they could've been finding this couple who had done real abuse to their own child and now were abusing yours?  I know I would.  Going after people who prey on my real kids trumps going after people who prey on imaginary kids, any day, at least in my book.

So much for keeping this brief; sorry about that.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-09-23 02:34 am (UTC)
So you're okay with that kind of internet sting, even though it was only intent to sell?

Of course I agree that those people should be incarcareted to the full extent of the law and further. People who hurt childre like that, and especially those who hurt their OWN children like that.. God. Just beyond horrifying to me and everything I've said about how I feel those that hurt children should be punished goes tripley for them.

I think they are doing this all ready, but I pray that they'll continue it, and to a larger scale.

The more child molestors off the streets, and the web, the happier I am.

And no, I wouldn't be furious. I'd be glad that anyone who intended to hurt any child is off the street. I'd be pissed that those that had been hurting my child and their own wasn't caught sooner, but any child molester caught is a victory for me.

And no worries about being brief. Lord knows I hardly ever am. ;)
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[User Picture]From: smadaf
2007-09-23 02:40 am (UTC)
First priority: real harm to real victims.
Second priority: intended harm to real victims.
Dead last: intended harm to imaginary victims.

Offering your child up like that is already a crime, even if you don't find anyone to accept your offer.  The law has decided that being offered by someone in that way makes you a victim of a crime.  Being offered in that way is a crime.  Therefore you're a real victim.  (It's just as offering someone money for sex is a crime, even if the money doesn't end up being paid.)

If any government body is dealing with the third item when there's work still to be done on the first two priorities, I'm pretty dang irritated, to say the least.  ...  All I can do, really, is repeat:  we protect all the real kids first, and then we can start protecting the ones that exist only in some persons' imaginations.

Shall we call it a night, though?
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-09-23 02:53 am (UTC)
So you don't think that any child was ever helped by any of these internet stings? That no child would have been attacked by any of those arrested for these crimes?

And absolutely. I'm exhausted. :) Sweet dreams!
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