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Sex Sting Prosecutor Attempts Suicide
(2007-09-20)
(wgvu) - SANDUSKY, Mich. (AP) - A U.S. prosecutor who authorities say
flew to Michigan for an expected sexual encounter with a 5-year-old
girl has tried to hang himself in his jail cell.
John D.R. Atchison was being held on federal child sex
solicitation charges at the Sanilac County Jail, 75 miles north of
Detroit.
A cell mate shouted when he saw Atchison trying to hang himself
with a sheet, and guards prevented him from hurting himself.
Atchison is an assistant U.S. attorney in Pensacola, Fla.
Authorities say he came to Michigan to meet what he thought was
the mother of a 5-year-old girl with whom he arranged to have sex.
In fact, the woman was a detective working in an Internet sex
sting operation.
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