|I hate people. -- And also, did you see this on the news yet?
||[Sep. 22nd, 2007|07:05 am]
|||||Running On Empty - Jackson Browne||]|
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.
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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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.