Friday, April 13, 2012

Ex-APD Officer Anthony Rollins Sentenced To 87 Years In Prison For Sexual Assault On Five Women While On Duty; Mayor Dan Sullivan Orders External Review Of APD

Friday the 13th proved to be a most unlucky day for former Anchorage police officer Anthony Rollins, as justice has finally been served upon him. On April 13th, 2012, Anchorage District Court Judge Philip Volland sentenced Rollins to a total of 151 years and six months in prison on several counts of sexual assault and misconduct, with 87 remaining to serve. Rollins won't be eligible for parole until he's served at least 57 years of his 87-year sentence. Prosecutors had recommended a maximum sentence of 224 years. KTVA news video embedded below:

On February 22nd, 2011, a jury had found Rollins guilty on 18 different counts of four different charges with five victims involved. From my February 22nd post:

-- 4 out of 4 counts First Degree Sexual Assault (Penetration), Unclassified Felony
-- 5 out of 6 counts Second Degree Sexual Assault (Contact), Class B Felony
-- 4 out of 4 counts Criminal Use of a Computer, Class C Felony
-- 5 out of 6 counts Official Misconduct, Class A Misdemeanor

The Alaska Court System database record, Case No. 3AN-09-07868CR, is available HERE.

But while the criminal justice system is done with Rollins, the civil justice system will be taking a whack at him next, and the Anchorage Police Department and the Municipality of Anchorage are co-defendants. From an examination of the Anthony Rollins Portal Page, here's the list of Rollins' victims who have filed civil suits (they are identified only by initials, not by name):

• M.O. - processed by Rollins after an April 16, 2009 arrest, case no. 3AN-11-06822CI.
• B.O. - processed by Rollins after an April 4, 2009 arrest, case no. 3AN-11-06471CI.
• T.N. - picked up walking by Rollins December 30, 2008, case no. 3AN-11-07575CI.
• O.W. - picked up at an alcohol sleep-off center by Rollins Sept. 5, 2008, case no. 3AN-11-10715CI.
• E.V. - passenger in car Rollins stopped, she says he touched her August 2008, case no. 3AN-12-05901CI.
• R.A. - said Rollins contacted her at her sister's house in 2006, case no. 3AN-11-07266CI.
• T.J., case no. 3AN-11-07579CI.
• E.Y.M., case no. 3AN-11-06621CI.

On April 5th, KTVA Channel 11 reported 11 civil lawsuits, but the eight listed above were the only ones I could find under the name Anthony Rollins. The city has hired a private law firm – Clapp, Peterson, Tiemessen, Thorsness and Johnson – to help in its legal defense.

Police Chief Mark Mew was amongst those who addressed the court and Rollins. "You damaged the essential relationship of trust between our department and the public. I fear the damage here will never go away," Mew said to Rollins. "Let's remember Rollins exercised free will and was in full control of his actions. Some people will try to shift as much blame as possible from Rollins to the police department, because that's where the money is. No one can tolerate a liar. And that is the worst part of this mess, for us, as we strive every day to do a great job for our community, our neighbors and each other. Anthony Rollins, you may be going away. But the rest of us are stuck in the wreckage you have left in your wake."

The comments to KTUU Channel 2 and the Anchorage Daily News verify that it will be a long time before the damage goes away. This case transformed the April 3rd mayoral election from an ordinary defeat into a rout against challenger Paul Honeman, who many were convinced did not take strong enough action when he confronted Rollins on duty with a woman under his desk.

Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan is wasting little time in trying to repair the damage. On April 9th, he announced that he plans to launch an external review of how the police department supervises and disciplines employees, citing the Rollins case as primary justification. His administration has launched discussions with the International Association of Chiefs of Police to conduct the review, which is expected to take 120 days once it's launched. Unofficial sources say the review could cost the city as much as $30,000.

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