Former police chief cleared of violations
Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 25, 2003
A circuit court judge has tossed out charges of ethics and worker’s compensation violations against a former Alabaster Police Chief and his son.
Circuit Judge Ben Fuller dismissed all charges last week against Larry Richard Rollan and his son David Rollan who were on trial on charges they has used their positions for personal gain.
Attorney General Bill Pryor announced the arrest of Rollan and his son on July 1, 2002.
Rollan, 50, and his son, David,
23, at the time, both surrendered on June 28, 2002, to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department and were released on bond.
Count one of the indictment against Larry Rollan charged that he used his position as police chief for illegal personal gain of a check from the Municipal Worker’s Compensation Fund to his son, David Rollan.
Count two charged that the former chief falsely stated that his son was injured at a police department training facility while training for the police academy to obtain worker’s compensation benefits.
David Rollan was charged with assisting his father in using his office as police chief for illegal personal gain and with making false representations about an injury to receive worker’s compensation benefits.
Larry Rollan was police chief in Alabaster for 18 years and resigned on April 12, 2001.
David Rollan was employed as an Alabaster dispatcher and then officer in training from 1997 until he resigned the same day as his father.
In dismissing the case, Fuller accepted the argument that David Rollan did not gain anything from the worker’s compensation claim that he would have received without the claim.
Following the dismissal of the case, Larry Rollan said, &uot;It came out during the trial that Mayor David Frings initiated this matter. I’m thick skinned about issues like this I can handled it, but when you stoop so low as to go after you children and family members, the mafia had more class than that.
&uot;I knew all along … you know whether you’re guilty or innocent of something you are changed with … you just hope everybody else does. Thank God the judge did.
&uot;And when you get a directed verdict from a judge during a jury trail, that says that there is absolutely no evidence of the crime that you are charged with.&uot;
According to Rollan, his son, David, has been working as a Jemison Police Officer for two years. Rollan said he works with Mickey Johnson, his attorney, as a part-time investigator.
As to the future, Rollan said &uot;We are looking into the possibility of lawsuits and criminal perjury charges.
&uot;You don’t know and I hope no body ever has to know the pressure this has put on me and my family. When you haven’t done anything at all and you’re processed through this criminal system because of the vindictiveness of one man, the pressure is unreal.&uot;
Alabaster Mayor David Frings said he had expected a different outcome.
&uot;It would have been nice if the case has gone to a jury so that guilt or innocence could have been determined,&uot; he said.
If convicted, both defendants faced a maximum penalty of two to 20 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000 for the alleged ethics violation, a class B felony, and one to 10 years imprisonment and fine of up to $5,000 for the charge of making a false statement to receive worker’s compensation, a class C felony