|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.
[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.
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. ;)
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?
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!