Anchorage Pays Millions to Settle Lawsuits Over Rapes Committed by Decorated On-Duty Cop

Anchorage has paid more than $5.5 million to settle civil lawsuits filed by victims of a former police officer convicted of raping women while on duty, city officials said.

The municipality agreed to pay 11 women who said they were victims of former police officer Anthony Rollins and accused officials of failing to properly supervise him, according to a statement released by the city late on Tuesday.

Rollins, once a decorated officer and spokesman for the police department in Alaska’s largest city, was convicted last year of committing four rapes and one second-degree sexual assault in 2008 and 2009, and sentenced to 87 years in prison.

Some of his victims were women he had arrested for offenses such as drunk driving, while others were women who accepted rides from Rollins in his police vehicle, according to trial testimony and court records.

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