Attorney for Rollins’ Victims Said APD Knew About Serial Rapes
Alleges police department did nothing to stop attacks
ANCHORAGE - A jury last year convicted former Anchorage police officer Anthony Rollins of serial rape.
More than a year later, his victims are locked in a battle with the municipality as they try to get answers as to why Rollins wasn't pulled off the streets sooner.
And now an attorney for some of Rollins' victims said the police officer had raped many, many other women. And she said APD knew about the attacks and did nothing.
"You cannot have consent with a gun to your head or a badge in your face, ladies and gentlemen. Tell these six women you heard them when they said no. Thank you," said Chief Assistant District Attorney Sharon Marshall during Rollins February 2011 trial.
Last February an Anchorage jury agreed, and found Rollins guilty of sexually assaulting five of six women and abusing police power by using APSIN – the Alaska Public Safety Information Network – to stalk his victims.
“I have trouble believing Rollins was the only one,” said Christine Schleuss, the attorney for Rollins’ victims.
Schleuss represents five of Rollins' victims who are now suing the municipality and the Anchorage Police Department.
“If a jury determined that a fair amount to attempt to compensate them was a million dollars, 10 million dollars, every one of them would tell you: I would not take the money if I could go back and have this not happen to me,” Schleuss said.
The women declined to speak with us but told their stories on the stand.
"I should have said, 'no.' I should have told him to stop. Like, I don't know. I really didn't feel like I could do anything,” one victim said on February 1, 2011.
“Why did you feel like you couldn't do anything?” the district attorney asked.
“Because he has so much power and he could, like, cause problems for me, I guess,” the victim said, crying.
On February 2, 2011, another victim testified, crying, “He unzipped his pants and he took his thing out, he grabbed my hand, he took my hand and put it on himself.
Schleuss said they aren't the only women to share the nightmare.
“There were many more, many more,” she said.
“I cant tell you how many there are – 20, 30,” Schleuss said. “I can't finish reading them all so I can't tell you… because how many transcripts of women who were raped can I read at one time?”
In court documents, the municipality states it “did not have a legal duty to protect” the women from Rollins.
The municipal attorney's office goes on to say the women's “injuries, if any, are the result of pre-existing conditions.” It also said the women “failed to mitigate damages.”
Those are confusing claims that municipal attorney Dennis Wheeler refused to explain, saying Schleuss is “trying her case in the media.”
But Schleuss said it's obvious to her what the city means.