Attorney for Rollins’ Victims Said APD Knew About Serial Rapes
Alleges police department did nothing to stop attacks
“Blame the victim – that's what they said in every single case.”
Schleuss said it's clear the municipality could have and should have stopped Rollins sooner.
On February 23, 2011, KTVA asked Police Chief Mark Mew when APD was first made aware Rollins was having sex on the job. Mew answered he could not give a specific date, but it was in the mid-2000s.
According to a search warrant, though, it was earlier than that – in 2001, when police investigated a rumor that a black APD officer received oral sex from a woman in the hall of a Russian Jack apartment. That investigation determined the officer was Anthony Rollins.
Regardless of the exact timelines, APD knew there was a problem with Officer Rollins and, for five years, Schleuss said, did nothing about it except to watch him.
“They had two search warrants on this guy to track his car. They had one in 2003, 2004, and they had another one in the summer of 2008,” Schleuss said.
During that time at least one of Rollins' supervisors tried to dismiss him, telling superiors, "He needs to be out of there. He cannot be in a unit where he's not supervised."
But Rollins remained on the job, and even had a year-long affair during his shifts with a married woman from his church that he said was consensual.
An internal affairs investigation found his conduct ”unbecoming of an officer,” but still he stayed on the job.
APD said Rollins had other problems that were investigated but never prosecuted.
On February 23, 2011, Chief Mew said, “There was a previous allegation that was also investigated. We couldn't make a criminal case out of that and he was disciplined for that. It's a personnel matter and they won't let me tell you, but I’ll tell you it was severe.”
Schleuss said, “Getting the records from CourtView showed that year, Rollins' salary was $150,000. Doesn't sound like discipline to me.”
Schleuss is convinced there were many other incidents since Rollins joined the department in 1996, but the municipality, she said, isn't cooperating by giving her the information she needs.
“For example, I’ll have a computer printout that said: IA see internal affairs, see the IA file, see the case file – there’s no case file, pieces are missing. They're just missing,” Schleuss said.
It’s now Schleuss's mission to fill in the gaps.
Meanwhile, there are dozens of women who will think twice before calling the police for help.
Eleven separate civil lawsuits have been filed against the municipality, APD and Rollins.