Municipality Pays $5.5 Million to Settle Civil Cases Caused by Rollins

The Municipality of Anchorage pays $5.5 million to settle 11 civil cases originating from the actions of convicted rapist, former Anchorage Police Officer, Anthony Rollins.

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by Megan Mazurek

The Municipality of Anchorage pays $5.5 million to settle 11 civil cases originating from the actions of convicted rapist, former Anchorage Police Officer, Anthony Rollins.

The women claim the municipality failed to supervise Rollins who was sentenced earlier this spring to 87 years in prison for sexually assaulting women he arrested while on duty.

The names of the victims or the amount of money paid in each civil case has not been made public. The city says it's unknown if any of the victims will be pursuing civil claims against Rollins.

The municipality will be paying out a total of $5,543,250 from its reserves, which will ultimately be replenished by the taxpayers. About 8-10 percent of total municipal revenues is put in the reserve.

Mayor Dan Sullivan says the Municipality will make sure incidents like this never happen again and will be incorporating new police procedures at the police department.

"The actions of Rollins the criminal actions do not reflect the overall police department," said Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan. "We've got an outstanding police department and it's unfortunate when you get one bad apple like this it tends to reflect on the organization but we can assure the public that our police officers are among the best in the nation and we're going to continue and try to do better."

Speaking at Rollins' sentencing in April, APD Police Chief Mark Mew said Rollins' actions are a ripple effect and the blame has already shifted to the Police Department. "The compensation and the expense of the process will determine what it shall be will be born by the very tax payers that Rollins deceived and harmed," Mew said.

The settlement is on top of the $89,064.33 paid to an outside law firm to defend the city.

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