John David Roy Atchison

At a time when the people of the United States are having lowest-ever levels of trust in our public servants, John David Roy Atchison takes what’s left of our trust, beats it with a hammer, runs over it with a 1986 Monte Carlo, throws it into a woodchipper, feeds it to a pit bull, sets what comes out of the pit bull on fire and puts it on our doorstep.

Yeah, John David Roy Atchison is that bad.

What makes it worse is that Atchison, a member of the Florida bar association since 1984, isn’t some guy living in a van down by the river, waiting for kids to walk home from school so he can snatch them. To all appearances, John Atchison was a normal guy – the typical assistant U.S. attorney.

John Atchison has worked in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Pensacola, Florida, since the yuppie days of the late 1980’s, where he handled asset forfeitures in a wide variety of criminal cases and civil cases where the United States government was a party.

He graduated with his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and received his law degree from the Cumberland School of Law of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.

John Atchison lives in a nice house in Gulf Breeze – a small, relatively wealthy town of about 6500 residents near Pensacola, Florida.

John Atchison is the president of the Gulf Breeze Sports Association, a youth athletics organization, where he coaches girls’ basketball.

John Atchison’s wife Barbara is a science teacher at Gulf Breeze High School.

He is a father of three children.

“By all outward appearances, he’s a very fine individual,” said Buz Eddy, the Gulf Breeze City Manager.

Of course he is…until you look deeper…

His “About Me” section is interesting.

Handsome, educated, professional, experienced Daddy. I love younger girls. Like everything about you…how you think, talk, act. I’m very understanding and supportive..never ever judgmental. I’m fascinated by ab/dl girls, and accident prone girls…love to take care of and provide the TLC you’ve been needing.

Well, uh….ok.

Since the 29th of August, 2007, John Atchison has been having daily Yahoo Messenger chats with someone who he thought was a mother in Detroit, Michigan who was interested in allowing David to have sex with her 5-year-old daughter.

The “mother” was, of course, an undercover officer looking for pedophiles, working with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies nationwide.

During these daily chat sessions, John Atchison suggested, among other things, that the mother tell her daughter that “you found her a sweet boyfriend who will bring her presents.”

Oh, that’s nice. That’s just great.

When the “mother” expressed concern that her “daughter” might be physically harmed as a result of sexual intercourse with a grown man, Atchison sought to make her feel more at ease with it, saying “I am always gentle and loving; not to worry, no damage ever, no rough stuff ever. I only like it soft and nice.”

John Atchison went on to describe how he could be sure there was no physical harm to the child, saying, “Just gotta go slow and very, very easy. I’ve done it plenty.”

Oh really? Done it plenty, Mr. John David Roy Atchison? Mr. U.S. Attorney?

The chatting stopped on Sunday, the 16th of September of 2007, when John Atchison put down his keyboard and mouse, got up from his sticky chair, and hopped onto a plane leaving Pensacola to fly into Detroit’s Metropolitan Airport, carrying an overnight bag.

What was in the bag?

Change of socks? Check.

Change of underwear? Check.

Hoop Earrings? Check.

Dora the Explorer doll? Umm…Check?

Petroleum jelly? Ok, check this guy into jail.

John Atchison was arrested by officials as he stepped off the plane, which arrived shortly before 5 in the afternoon.

He has been charged with enticement of a minor using the Internet, which has the potential to give him 30 years in prison.

Mr. Atchison has been charged with aggravated sexual abuse, which also has the potential to keep him in prison for 30 years.

Mr. Atchison has also been charged with travelling across state lines to have sex with someone under 12, which has a maximum sentence of life in prison.

How’s John Atchison holding up? Well, he’s off suicide watch, his attorney has stated his goal of getting Mr. Atchison released from jail until his trial, and his boss, U.S. Attorney Gregory R. Miller, has released a statement saying, “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.”

How about you? Do you feel sad?

John Atchison pled not guilty on Wednesday, the 19th of September, 2007.

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