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Autopsy says Florida Prosecutor Hung Himself from Shower

DETROIT (AP) - Autopsy results say a federal prosecutor from Florida accused of flying to Michigan to have sex with a 5-year-old girl committed suicide in prison by hanging himself from a shower head with a bedsheet.

The Washtenaw County medical examiner says it found no other injuries or diseases that would have caused the death of Assistant U.S. Attorney John D.R. Atchison, of Gulf Breeze, Fla.

Atchison was arrested at Detroit Metro Airport. Investigators say he had been communicating online with an undercover sheriff's detective posing as the fictitious girl's mother and arranged for him to have sex with the child.

He was charged with three felonies and was being held at the federal prison in Milan, where he was found unresponsive last Friday.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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