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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: 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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