Accused Anchorage cop gets public defender despite salary

Posted: Sunday, August 23, 2009

ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage police officer accused of sexually assaulting women while on duty will get a public defender despite his $100,000 annual salary.

Superior Court Judge Phillip Volland on Friday said the case would be very expensive and Anthony Rollins cannot afford a lawyer to defend himself.

Prosecutors had asked the judge to revisit his initial decision granting Rollins, a 13-year officer, a state-paid attorney.

The Anchorage Daily News reported Rollins was paid $142,892 by the Anchorage police department in 2008.

Rollins, 41, was indicted last month on multiple charges of sexual assault and other offenses. He pleaded not guilty to 14 felonies and six misdemeanors.

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