John David Roy Atchison

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John David Roy Atchison
John David R Atchison booking.jpg
Booking photo of Atchison taken by the Macomb County Sheriff's department
BornAugust 1954
DiedOctober 5, 2007(2007-10-05) (aged 53)
Cause of deathSuicide by hanging
Other namesJ D "Roy" Atchison
J.D. Roy Atchison
Roy Atchison
John D. Atchison
Alma materUniversity of Florida
Cumberland Law School

John David Roy Atchison (August 1954 – October 5, 2007) was an assistant U.S. Attorney in Florida's northern district who gained notoriety when he was arrested for suspicion of soliciting sex from a 5-year-old girl.

Early life and education[edit]

Atchison was born in 1954 and held a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida and a law degree from Cumberland Law School at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.


Atchison was admitted to the Florida Bar in June 1984[1] and the Georgia Bar in June 1985.[2] He worked in the U.S. Attorney's office in Pensacola, Florida,[3] working on tax and financial crime cases.[4]

Legal issues and death[edit]

On September 16, 2007, Atchison was arrested at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport in a sex crime sting operation undertaken by the FBI and Macomb County. He was charged with "enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity using the Internet", "aggravated sexual abuse" and "traveling across state lines to have sex with someone under the age of 12".[5] At the time of his arrest, he was carrying presents for his intended victim, including a doll and a pair of earrings. Also in his possession was a jar of petroleum jelly. Following his arrest, he tried to kill himself via hanging with a sheet in his jail cell on September 20, 2007. Atchison had been removed from a suicide watch the previous day after assuring his lawyer and a judge that he would not harm himself. He was not injured in the suicide attempt, which another inmate reported about 4 a.m.[3]

On October 5, 2007, Atchison successfully committed suicide by hanging himself in his prison cell in Milan, Michigan.[4][6]

Personal life[edit]

Atchison was married and had three children that lived in Gulf Breeze, near Pensacola.[7][8]


  1. ^ "John David Roy Atchison".
  2. ^ "Mr. John D Atchison". Archived from the original on May 10, 2007.
  3. ^ a b Bunkley, Nick (September 21, 2007). "Prosecutor Tries to Kill Himself After Arrest in Pedophile Case". The New York Times. Retrieved May 6, 2010.
  4. ^ a b "Fed Caught In Sex Sting Found Dead In Cell". CBS News. October 5, 2007.
  5. ^ Archived January 17, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Abby Goodnough (October 6, 2007). "U.S. Prosecutor Held in a Child Sex Sting Kills Himself". The New York Times. Retrieved September 13, 2015.
  7. ^ Bunkley, Nick (September 21, 2007). "Prosecutor Attempts Suicide After Arrest in Pedophile Case". The New York Times. pp. A16.
  8. ^ Walter, G; Pridmore, S (2012). "Suicide and the Publicly Exposed Pedophile". PubMed Central. 19: 50–6. PMC 3629679. PMID 23613648.