Actually, I’d call it a child rape sting. I’m not sure why this isn’t 24-hour headline news, but it looks like OJ has knocked it off the radar. Assistant US Attorney John David Roy Atchison of Gulf Breeze FL is accused of arranging an assignation with what he thought was a five-year-old girl. That’s FIVE. YEARS. OLD.
John D.R. Atchison, 53, of Gulf Breeze, Fla., 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.
Officials said Atchison, an assistant U.S. attorney in Florida, made the trip anticipating a sexual encounter but was arrested instead. He was carrying presents for the girl, including a doll and hoop earrings, and also had sexual materials, including petroleum jelly, Sheriff Mark Hackel said.
A federal grand jury added a charge Tuesday of crossing state lines with intent to have sex with someone younger than 12. Atchison also faces charges of use of the Internet to seek illicit sex and interstate travel to engage in illicit sexual contact. He could face up to life in prison.
Petroleum jelly. Jesus. He also assured the “mother” that he wouldn’t hurt the little girl because he’d had lots of practice and knew how to be gentle.
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.”
And to add to the creepy factor, this “family man” coached children’s sports. His MySpace profile might have set off some alarms had the parents seen it:
According to court documents, Atchison — who served as the president of the Gulf Breeze Sports Association, which includes youth athletics like soccer and T-ball — described himself as “very much a family man” in online chats from Aug. 29 to Sept. 16 with an undercover officer posing as a mother interested in letting men have sex with her children.
During continuous conversations, he expressed a desire to engage in oral, vaginal and anal sex with her fictitious daughter. Money was not part of the discussion.
Atchison’s reputation before the arrest is a stark contrast from his MySpace description.
A MySpace page, that a court document said was Atchison’s, said he enjoyed spoiling young girls. Atchison allegedly described himself in his profile as: “Handsome, educated, professional, experienced Daddy. I love younger girls.”
His general interests are listed as “surfing, diving, boating … everything to do with the water … music and cute girls.”
I really do wish law enforcement officials and the reporters who have covered the story would call this what it is — making arrangements to commit rape. One doesn’t “have sex” with a five year old.
There’s been lots of online speculation as to Atchison’s political affiliation, which has not so far been mentioned in any news reports I’ve seen. Even the Freepers appear to be conceding that he’s a Republican based on Florida voter registration records (after some initial screeching that the lack of party identification in media coverage had to mean he was a Democrat). Wev. If he did what he’s accused of, he’s lower than pond scum.
H/T, Melissa and PortlyDyke at Shakesville