Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Sex case sends heat of shock waves. Indicted federal prosecutor John David Roy Atchison appeared on myspace as Handsome, educated, professional, experienced Daddy. I love younger girls."
Indicted federal prosecutor John David Roy Atchison appeared to be an upstanding citizen in the quiet peninsula city of Gulf Breeze, Fla.
In the Pensacola suburb of 5,700, Atchison was known as the husband of a schoolteacher, a father of three and the girls' basketball coach.
By all outward appearances, he's a very fine individual," City Manager Buz Eddy said Tuesday.
The arrest in Detroit of the longtime assistant U.S. attorney in the Northern District of Florida on charges he arranged sex with someone he thought was a 5-year-old girl is the talk of the town, Eddy said.
And his family is "just as shocked as anyone else is," he said.
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."
In the chats with the undercover officer, Atchison also suggested he previously had sex with minors. Prosecutors say those chats could lead to more investigations.
The Macomb Area Enforcement Team arrested him Sunday after he flew in from Florida. The next day, a search warrant for his family home was expected to be carried out, federal prosecutors in Detroit said. No further information was available about the intended raid since warrant documents are sealed in the Florida court.
A statement released Tuesday by the office of his employer, U.S. Attorney Gregory R. Miller, said, "The employees of the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Florida are deeply saddened by the arrest of federal civil attorney J.D. Roy Atchison."
Atchison remains in jail.
His Detroit-based lawyer, James Thomas, is expected to file a motion for the case. He said Tuesday that he aims to seek his client's release.