|Ted Rollins (right), with|
Penn State booster Jack McWhirter
How will Crimson Tide nation take to a corporate executive who is entering their environs with a documented history as a child abuser? How will that square with UA's notion of family values?
We are about to find out because Charlotte-based Campus Crest Communities is seeking approval to build a student-housing complex near the University of Alabama campus. It will be known as The Grove at Tuscaloosa, and the 228-unit complex is planned for Fifth Street Northeast, at the site of the former Riverview Water Treatment plant.
Ted Rollins, CEO of Campus Crest Communities, has been the topic of frequent reports here at Legal Schnauzer, mainly because of his central role in the Rollins v. Rollins divorce case, which reached a conclusion in Shelby County, Alabama, even though it had been originally filed in Greenville, South Carolina (the proper jurisdiction), and litigated there for three years.
We have called Rollins v. Rollins the most grossly unjust outcome we've encountered in a civil court case. The judgment in Shelby County was so unlawful and one-sided that it left ex wife Sherry Carroll Rollins and the couple's two daughters (Sarah and Emma Rollins) on and off food stamps at their Birmingham residence. Meanwhile, Ted Rollins owns three private jets, and his company has received roughly $800 million in Wall Street support.
On top of that, Ted Rollins comes from one of the nation's wealthiest families--the folks behind Rollins Inc. (the umbrella company for Orkin Pest Control and RPC Inc.), plus Dover Downs Gaming and Entertainment and Rollins Jamaica Ltd.
How did Ted Rollins manage to pull off a monstrous cheat job against his ex wife and daughters in an Alabama courtroom? Public records suggest he did it with assistance from his corporate law firm, the highly influential Bradley Arant in downtown Birmingham.
If The Grove becomes a reality in Tuscaloosa--and it almost certainly will--UA students who rent apartments there had best beware. If they have a dispute with the property's owners, Ted Rollins has a documented history of bludgeoning his opponents--and receiving flagrantly unlawful favors--in Alabama courtrooms.
But that's not all. Ted Rollins also has a history of treating young people like punching bags--and we mean that quite literally. (See documents at the end of this post.)
Public records show that Rollins was convicted for assault on his 16-year-old stepson in Franklin County, North Carolina. Under North Carolina law, the beating met the definition of child abuse, although Rollins was not prosecuted for that. Here are a couple of posts where we have covered that issue:
Campus Crest Communities CEO Ted Rollins Has A Conviction For Assault In His Background (May 2, 2012)
How Was Campus Crest CEO Ted Rollins Convicted Of "Simple Assault" In North Carolina? (May 10, 2012)
Ted Rollins' ugliness toward young people does not end there. He also was investigated for child sexual abuse of the same stepson, based on a complaint from an anonymous citizen. We covered that in the following posts:
Campus Crest Communities CEO Ted Rollins Was Investigated For The Sexual Abuse Of His Stepson (September 12, 2012)
Towels Soiled With Feces Point To Child Sexual Abuse Involving CEO Ted Rollins (September 13, 2012)
Ted Rollins has proven that he is a brazen fellow. The Grove at State College is scheduled to open this month in central Pennsylvania. Campus Crest will be marketing the facility to students at Penn State, home to the still-unfolding Jerry Sandusky child-abuse scandal. We have yet to see any signs that Penn State supporters are concerned that a company led by a child abuser intends to make money off the university's students and their parents. That's probably because the Penn State community remains in the dark, for now, about Ted Rollins and the ugliness in his background.
University of Alabama supporters should not be able to claim ignorance. After all, Rollins has deep ties to our state. He already has student-housing complexes at four Alabama institutions--South Alabama, Troy, Jacksonville State, and Auburn. The gross corruption in the Rollins v. Rollins divorce case should be apparent to anyone who cares to check public court files in Alabama. Plus, a number of Ted Rollins' victims live in our state--and that includes his ex wife and two daughters, plus the stepson (Zac Parrish) Rollins abused on multiple occasions. Parrish, now in his early 30s, works as a residential-construction contractor in the Birmingham area.
Will the University of Alabama and its Crimson Tide nation sit quietly while Ted Rollins operates under their noses? Perhaps we will learn more when Campus Crest goes before the Tuscaloosa City Council on a rezoning request.