Friday, July 17, 2009

Anchorage Rogue Cop Anthony Rollins Pleads Not Guilty To All Charges; Trial Date Tentatively Set For October 12th

Update April 13th 2012: Anthony Rollins sentenced to 87 years in prison; details in the Anchorage Daily News.

Update February 22nd 2011: Anthony Rollins found guilty on 18 of 20 charges; updated post HERE.

Update February 13th 2011: Trial of Anthony Rollins in progress; updated report HERE.

On July 16th, 2009, Anchorage police officer Anthony Rollins appeared at an arraignment hearing before Judge Phillip Voland, where he entered not guilty pleas on all the outstanding charges against him. Rollins was indicted on Tuesday July 14th by an Anchorage grand jury on four counts of first-degree sexual assault, six counts of second-degree sexual assault, four counts criminal use of a computer, and six counts of official misconduct. His bail has been set at $100,000, and he'll need a third-party custodian. Media stories published by the Anchorage Daily News, KTUU Channel 2, and KTVA Channel 11, and the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

Rollins' wife, APD Sgt. Denise Rollins, sat with supporters in the first row of a crowded courtroom. She left without speaking to reporters. Representing Rollins is Steven Wells, who is better known for representing Rachelle Waterman, accused of conspiring to kill her mother in 2004. The charges against Waterman were dismissed, but were not dismissed with prejudice, so prosecutors were able to re-indict her earlier this year.

The case is being prosecuted by Adrienne Bachman. Bachman won't talk specifics about the case, but said it shows nobody is above the law and further emphasizes the importance of reporting crimes. "It punctuates the fact that people in the community who have been victimized, whether it's by a family member or a person in a position of authority, there are resources in the community and they should come forward," Bachman said.

APD began investigating Rollins on April 16th, after someone from Standing Together Against Rape (STAR) called the department's Special Victims Unit with a report that Rollins had sexually assaulted a woman while he was on duty. The 41-year-old Rollins, a veteran of 13 years on the force, was initially placed on paid leave, and an investigation over the next three months found five other victims he allegedly assaulted, beginning in March 2006 and as recently as the April 16th incident. After his arrest on Wednesday July 15th, his status was changed to suspension without pay.

Meanwhile, Detective Sgt. Ken McCoy said the investigation is continuing and requests anyone with additional information to call them. There is some concern that there may be additional victims. Here's a list of the known victims so far, along with the dates of the incidences:

-- March 24th, 2006: Jane Doe No. 6 sexually assaulted
-- September 5th, 2008: Jane Doe No. 5 sexually assaulted
-- December 30th, 2008: Jane Doe No. 3 sexually assaulted
-- March-April, 2009: Jane Doe No. 4 sexually assaulted
-- April 4th, 2009: Jane Doe No. 2 sexually assaulted
-- April 16th, 2009: Jane Doe No. 1 sexually assaulted

The name Anthony C. Rollins appears in the Alaska Court System database HERE. It not only includes the current criminal case, but three prior civil cases. In all three civil cases, Rollins was the plaintiff, involving small claims more than $2,500. The one civil case which is still open is intriguing; the defendant is a female, Tamonica Moss. There has been no activity in this case since June 12th.

Sgt. Derek Hsieh, president of the Anchorage Police Department Employees Association (APDEA), said fellow officers are disappointed and worried that Rollins' indictment will affect the way they are perceived by the people they serve. "I went around to the different shifts in the last 24 hours, and different work units," Hsieh said. "People are concerned that the department will lose some of the public trust that we've enjoyed." A KTUU unscientific poll taken on July 16th validates this concern; in response to the question, "Have the recent arrests of an Alaska State Trooper and an Anchorage Police Officer hurt the credibility of local law enforcement?", 54 percent of the 850 respondents said Yes.

Sgt. Hsieh also stated that officers mostly have been hearing sympathetic comments, and that some even called in to dispatch with positive comments of encouragement. But Hsieh was quick to add that APDEA will not be helping Rollins with his legal fees.

Reaction: Public comments indicate many in the community have lost some confidence in the integrity of APD. Some criticize APDEA for not agreeing to mandatory drug testing when other municipal employees are required to do so. Others claim APD winks too much at excessive drinking within their own ranks. I can only base my own assessment upon my own experience, and not once have I ever been treated unprofessionally by APD or any Alaska law enforcement officer. So my confidence in APD remains high; they wasted little time in removing this guy from their ranks. The presumption of innocence remains in effect regardless of the magnitude of the case.

27 comments:

  1. lawdy lawdy lawdy dem bitches was askin fo it. an i gaves it to em.

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  2. Personally knowing this man, and his family. I give my FULL support to Anthony Rollins and the rest of them. I would trust this man, with my life, and my childrens lives. He is an amazing father.. and I dont beleive that he could ever intentionally hurt another person. So to any Rollins' out there.. I'm with you. I stand my Anthony, I know he is innocent.-

    SH

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  3. I personally know Tony for many years back when he was a young airman. He is a very caring person and I trust that he would not do anything to dis-honor his family or his job. I know that he believes strong in being loyal to his family and has carried a strong work ethic. I do not know how this could have ever happened but I hope and pray that justice is served. My prayers are with him and his family in these troubled times. Tony all we have is our faith to carry us, God Bless.

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  4. I've personally known Anthony for 10+ years. He's a great father and a positive role model in the community. I also Trust him with my life and my wife and kids. I absolute hate seeing Great people such as Anthony in situations like these. I don't know what really happened in these cases, But Im praying the the Truth Prevail. I'll be praying for him and the Rollins family.

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  5. Hang him by the balls

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  6. Nothing but love for the Rollins!7/23/2009 7:52 PM

    The civil small claims.....He owns two apartment buildings!!! Those cases came from non payment of rent! Why are you trying to make it look bad!?! Anthony Rollins is a good man! An I stand behind him 100% I am praying for him and his family and you know what......Im praying for the accussers also!!!

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  7. You can put a monkey in a suit , and it is still a monkey.

    Colored boys have their brains in their pants.

    Chalk one up for affirmative action.

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  8. I can say from personal experience that APD has a long standing history of sweeping things under the rug. I am unsure of Officer Rollin's guilt or innocence but I do know he is not the only officer to be accused of abusive behavior. None of those cases ever hit the news media though. There are officers on duty right now that are unfit and unsafe. It is only a matter of time before something like this happens again. APD requires extensive psychological testing prior to being hired but they don't require any kind of ongoing or follow up testing once on duty. They do not have proper support systems in place. Officers have no where (safe) to go and no one to talk to, so it's no wonder that even good officers can eventually begin to crack under the pressure.

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  10. I personally think that he messed up, he needs to admitt his wrongs and move the hell on with life. I do not feel sorry for him, he has broken trust with not just his family but with his community. Even though I know him, I will not support him, but his wife will have my prayers and thoughts. She is truly a strong woman for sitting by his sneaky ass.

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  11. I just want to say that just because you've known a man for ten years doesn't mean you know if he is guilty or not. I say this as someone who was a victim of sexual assault by a man who EVERYONE believed was a good man. He was an evangelist, active church goer, etc. You can say you don't think he would, but you don't know for sure. After my experience, I know how easily people can be duped by perps.

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  12. No one knows what goes on behind closed doors, and no one knows what one human being is capable of. Lots of people thought Ted Bundy was a very charming young law student. OJ Simpson was a beloved sports hero. One fine APD officer is currently standing trial for molesting his daugher; another raped & killed woman in Barrow(? Bethel?). All but Bundy were supposedly great fathers. Please, people. You just don't KNOW anyone for sure. These types of assumptions are what make it so hard for victims to talk about what happened to them. They get put on trial because these wonderful men just simply couldn't do such heinous things. Well they do.

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  13. I wonder if this APD cop was one of those guys at that party @ Bill Allens house where J Bowles said that he could hook the gang up?

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  14. No Desiree he wasn't one of them. He is innocent.

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  15. I don't know Anthony Rollins but the people in his building at 928 are assholes.

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  16. Most people think...Oh I know him, he is a good man. I know him and he is a good person but has made mistakes. Don't know how true this case is but.....He had an affair with a friend of mine on going from 2006 to 2008!?! So it really makes me wonder?????

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  17. Too bad that the guy who had a plate number that was possibly linked to the police officer shooting is so distrusting of the APD that he left the state without passing this info on to the authorities. Stay the course APD thing will continue to go south!

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  18. This man (using the term very loosely) led a double life: nice guy in his personal life, completely criminal, disgusting scumbag in his professional life.

    I know one of his victims. She was VERY TRAUMATIZED by her experience.

    It's no wonder that a lot of sexual assault victims are reluctant to come forward. Look at where this case is now? "The sex was consensual." B.S!! Since when does a woman have a choice when she is handcuffed, under arrest and at the station????

    Lets just blame the victims, yet again!

    Also, the woman attorney that is defending Rollins should be ashamed of herself. How could anyone (let alone a woman!) defend this P.O.S???

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  19. nananana nananana blah blah. keep complaining you piece 'a shits.

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  20. I was following this story on ADN and a poster named Ron Stevenson had what appeared to be some inside information of the investigation regarding Officer Rollins.
    His comments have been deleted now. Does anyone know Ron Stevenson? I'd like to hear more of what he knows about this issue.

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  21. how do you think these females feel after reading all these posts about how its not true, how hes such a good man... CLEARLY he had some issues, and is not what he appears to be. if you got sexually assaulted by someone and then read all these posts from people in denial saying that its not true and to give him a chance, you would feel broken and hurt. think of it from both sides. there are victims here that need to be taken into consideration. and its not rollins.

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  22. patricia motley2/28/2011 12:05 AM

    i have to say i was raped in 2007 and when the cops showed up that is the first person i asked for i do not feel that he did any of these charges its girls like this that made the trail on my case hard as hell my prayers are with you and your family

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  23. I knew Anthony Rollins when he was a Security Forces member on Elmendorf. I don't care for the words of the racist saying chalk one up for Affirmative Action because he is a very intelligent man and knows the job. But, that aside, from what I know of him, I was not surprised at the charges. I no longer live in Alaska, and have not seen him for more than ten years, but I believe the women.

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  24. ALL I CAN SAY IS WHAT ABOUT THE VICTIMS AND THERE FAMILY'S, FOLKS IN THE CHURCHES NEED TO START CHECKING THERE FLOCK, CRIME IS CRIME, TO STATED I AM A CHURCH GOING PERSON SO I WOULD NEVER DO SUCH A THING AND WE NEED TO STICK TOGETHER AND PRAY FOR EACH OTHER STUFF NOW THAT SOMEONE HAS BEEN CAUGHT, THAT SCARES ME EVEN MORE. JUST THE THOUGHTS. ( QUESTIONS SO I CAN PAY BIG TITHES IN CHURCH, MISTREAT MY TENANTS AND RAPE WOMEN AND WE JUST SUPPOSE TO FOR GIVE AND LET IT GO CAUSE HE IS A BIG HEAD) THAT IS WHY MOST DONT GO TO CHURCH, YET ALL NEED TO SEEK GOD WITH A PERSONAL INTENT

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  25. To: Anonymous,2/17/2011 10:35 AM

    To the poster who is searching for Ron Stevenson, there is an APD officer with that name. Perhaps it is the same guy?

    Here is a link pertaining to Officer Stevenson

    http://alaskastar.com/stories/092409/Opi_6_002_092409.shtml

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  26. Desiree Lekanoff3/22/2010 5:34 AM
    I wonder if this APD cop was one of those guys at that party @ Bill Allens house where J Bowles said that he could hook the gang up?

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    Michelle Roth3/22/2010 5:37 AM
    No Desiree he wasn't one of them. He is innocent.

    ADP should be asking him questions on this both my sister and Michelle commenting on this post then end up murdered.

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