|Sarah Rollins (right) with her father, Ted,|
and sister, Emma
Sarah Rollins confirmed in a conversation with Legal Schnauzer that her father, Campus Crest Communities CEO Ted Rollins, was investigated for the possible sexual abuse of his stepson.
The news comes as sentencing is set today in a Pennsylvania case that has become perhaps the most high profile child sexual abuse story in the nation's history.
Ms. Rollins made it clear that she was aware her father had "somewhat of an unusual relationship" with his stepson (her half brother), and she found it troubling, adding, "I certainly think that is something that is no good." She went on to express concern for her half brother and the impact reports about the investigation might have on him. (See video at the end of this post.)
Sarah Rollins, a 2012 graduate of Mountain Brook High School, currently is enrolled as a freshman at the University of the South at Sewanee. She joins her mother, Birmingham resident Sherry Carroll Rollins, in acknowledging that a citizen complaint led North Carolina social-services officials to investigate Ted Rollins for possible child sexual abuse.
The revelations about Ted Rollins come as former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky is to be sentenced today after being convicted in June on 45 counts of sexual abuse involving young boys. In a statement he read yesterday on a Penn State campus radio station, Sandusky denied committing "disgusting acts" and said he did not have "a fair opportunity to prepare for trial."
As for Ted Rollins, he has refused to answer questions about the child sexual abuse investigation that centered on his stepson. Court records show that Rollins was convicted for a 1995 physical assault on the stepson in Franklin County, North Carolina. Those documents make it clear that Ted Rollins had an abusive relationship with his stepson, but Rollins has not responded to questions about how far the abuse went, referring to my reporting on the subject as "rubbish."
How did I come to speak with Sarah Rollins? She unexpectedly called me at home one evening earlier this year after I had written several posts about the unlawful treatment Sherry Rollins received in her divorce from Ted Rollins.
You can hear a segment of our conversation in the video below: