Thursday, May 23, 2013
Serial Rapist Ex-Cop Rollins Still Not Sentenced, One Year After Conviction
Sentencing for former Anchorage police officer and convicted serial rapist postponed six times
ANCHORAGE—It has been more than a year since former Anchorage police officer Anthony Rollins was convicted of serial rape after having sexually assaulted five women while on duty and in uniform.
Rollins has yet to be sentenced. The sentencing date has been pushed back six times—from July 8 of last year to March 2 of this year.
On Friday, CBS 11 News learned that sentencing was pushed back yet again—to April 13—“because his attorney is on emergency leave through March 16 to attend to family matters,” according to a motion Rollins’ attorney, Susan Carney, filed on Thursday.
“Six times—that’s a lot,” said Susan Sullivan, executive director of Victims for Justice. “That sort of thing is very hard on victims. They have a right to express how this crime that was committed against them impacted their lives, the lives of their family. As much as they want to speak, they also are often very anxious about it. So each time a sentencing hearing is scheduled, they prepare, they mentally get themselves ready for making that presentation, for being in the same room as their attacker.”
For Rollins' victims, sentencing is expected to be another emotional day on the stand.
During last year’s trial, a 20-year-old woman testified, tearfully, “I really didn't feel like I could do anything” while Rollins raped her “because he has so much power and he could, like, cause problems for me.”
In Juneau, Senator Hollis French is pushing for a bill that would essentially prevent similar delays in the future by urging judges to consider the victims when granting continuance requests. Representative Chris Tuck is pushing for a similar bill on the House side.