Prosecutor Arrested in Child Internet Sex Sting Attempts Suicide

DETROIT (AP) - Authorities say a federal prosecutor from Florida, who's accused of flying to Michigan for a sexual encounter with a 5-year-old girl, has tried to kill himself in his jail cell.

A Michigan sheriff says John Atchison tried to hang himself with a sheet during the night, but another inmate alerted jailers in time.

Atchison was arrested Sunday at Detroit Metropolitan Airport and charged with three felonies, including crossing state lines with intent to have sex with someone under 12.

Authorities say he flew to Detroit to meet a woman who was posing as the mother of the 5-year-old girl he wanted to have sex with. She was actually a sheriff's detective.

The married father of three is an assistant U.S. attorney based in Pensacola, Florida, and president of a youth sports association in Gulf Breeze.

After his arrest, Atchison was placed on a suicide watch, but the watch was lifted at the request of the defense.

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