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Anchorage to pay $5.5M to settle police officer rape lawsuits

Alaska's largest municipality will pay more than $5.5 million to settle 11 civil lawsuits filed by women who claimed they were raped by a police officer.

Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan's office announced the settlement Tuesday in a news release. The women claimed in their lawsuits that the city failed to supervise and discipline Officer Anthony Rollins.

Rollins was convicted last year of sexually assaulting five women while on duty. He was sentenced to serve 87 years.

Those five women, and others who claimed they were also victims, sued the city and Rollins, separately. Rollins was not part of the city's settlement, and several of the women have indicated they will continue with their lawsuits against him.

The settlements range in size from $1.7 million for one victim down to $75,000.

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