Wednesday, January 9, 2013

CEO Ted Rollins And A Former Alabama Policeman Prove The Wealthy Can Get Away With Child Abuse

Mitchell Breland

This is not a story that will warm your heart as we wind down from the holidays. But it does show how we tend to mistreat "the least of these"--and that should be a year-round concern for those who claim to take the New Testament seriously.

At center stage for this immorality play is Mitchell Breland, a former Moulton, Alabama, police officer who was indicted just before Christmas on two counts of child abuse. Playing opposite Breland is Ted Rollins, the CEO of Charlotte-based Campus Crest Communities and a regular subject here because of his leading role in pulling off a monstrous cheat job in an Alabama divorce case styled Rollins v. Rollins.

Public records and published reports show that Ted Rollins committed an act of child abuse that was every bit as monstrous as the acts alleged against Mitchell Breland. Rollins was convicted of misdemeanor assault and paid a small fine, but records indicate he never was investigated for the much more serious offense of child abuse. Breland, meanwhile, faces Class C felony charges that could land him in prison for one to 10 years.

Not only did Ted Rollins receive light treatment from the criminal-justice system, he has gone on to receive solid support from Wall Street. The Vanguard Group, one of America's most prominent investment firms, was a powerful backer in a $380-million IPO that Rollins' company completed in late 2010. Does that mean The Vanguard Group, from its hallowed base in the Philadelphia suburb of Malvern, Pennsylvania, isn't much concerned about child abuse, as long as an abuser can help make money for stockholders? A reasonable person could reach that conclusion.

Why the different outcomes in criminal cases involving Mitchell Breland and Ted Rollins? Well, to be sure, the incidents happened in different states, in different time frames. Rollins was charged in 1995 with beating up his 16-year-old stepson in Franklin County, North Carolina. Breland was arrested last September in Lawrence County, Alabama, on charges that he had beaten two eight-year-old girls.

Here is how a report in the Florence Times Daily describes the charges against Breland:

Authorities said Breland is accused of repeatedly whipping the girls. It was unknown if they were whipped with a belt or some other item. 
Reports indicate one girl was beaten so severely that she had to be taken to the hospital. Medical personnel there contacted DHR.

How does that compare to Ted Rollins' actions? Consider the account of Alabama resident Sherry Rollins, who is Ted Rollins' ex wife and the mother of his victim, Zac Parrish (now 33 years old). She said her son's face was a bloody mask after the beating, and emergency medical personnel administered oxygen in a trip via ambulance to a nearby hospital. That is a sign that blood loss was severe enough that the victim was at danger of going into shock. Ms. Rollins said her son suffered a broken nose and numerous lacerations and abrasions. From one of our reports on the incident:

Was there any doubt that Zac Parrish had been abused? Consider Sherry Rollins description of the trip to the hospital with her son. . . . 
"In the ambulance, my daughter and I were with him. I believe he was given oxygen. He was badly beaten. He had lacerations around his mouth. Ted had repeatedly beaten him around the mouth area. You could see the inside of his lip hanging down."

Ted Rollins' actions at least match those of Mitchell Breland--and probably were far worse. After all, we know that, two years prior to the beating, North Carolina social-services officials investigated Ted Rollins for child sexual abuse of the same stepson--and that was based on a citizen complaint.

So why did Ted Rollins receive barely a wrist slap, while Breland is facing up to 10 years in prison? (Breland, by the way, already has been terminated from his job.)

It's not as if one state has strict laws on child abuse, while the other takes a lax approach. The statutory language is different, but the meanings of the relevant laws in North Carolina and Alabama are pretty much identical. In a post titled "The Truth About Ted Rollins: The CEO of Campus Crest Communities Got Away With Child Abuse," we showed that child abuse is covered under Chapter 7B of the North Carolina General Statutes.

The heart of the law is found at Section 7B-301, which reads in pertinent part:

7B‑301. Duty to report abuse, neglect, dependency, or death due to maltreatment. 
Any person or institution who has cause to suspect that any juvenile is abused, neglected, or dependent, as defined by G.S. 7B‑101, or has died as the result of maltreatment, shall report the case of that juvenile to the director of the department of social services in the county where the juvenile resides or is found. The report may be made orally, by telephone, or in writing. . . .
Alabama's Mandatory Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Law can be found at Code of Alabama 26-14 (1-13). Alabama's law is wordier than the one in North Carolina, but it's meaning is the same--and the crux of it can be found at Section 26-14-3(a):

Mandatory reporting. 
(a) All hospitals, clinics, sanitariums, doctors, physicians, surgeons, medical examiners, coroners, dentists, osteopaths, optometrists, chiropractors, podiatrists, nurses, school teachers and officials, peace officers, law enforcement officials, pharmacists, social workers, day care workers or employees, mental health professionals, members of the clergy as defined in Rule 505 of the Alabama Rules of Evidence, or any other person called upon to render aid or medical assistance to any child, when the child is known or suspected to be a victim of child abuse or neglect, shall be required to report, or cause a report to be made of the same, orally, either by telephone or direct communication immediately, followed by a written report, to a duly constituted authority.

The bottom line? All of the law-enforcement, health-care, and court personnel who handled the Zac Parrish beating in North Carolina were required to report it as a case of suspected child abuse. Public records indicate that numerous individuals violated their duty to report, and that largely is why Ted Rollins never was held accountable.

Key personnel connected to the case in Moulton also were required by law to report suspected child abuse. Published reports indicate medical personnel contacted the Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR), and that prompted the investigation of Breland.

Ted Rollins
What's the critical difference in the two cases? We can think of only one: As a police officer, Mitchell Breland probably earned a modest income that placed him more or less in America's middle class. As a member of one of America's richest families--the folks behind Orkin Pest Control, Dover Downs Gaming and Entertainment, and other profitable enterprises--Ted Rollins is safely ensconced in our "1 Percent."

Can money and status help America's elites avoid scrutiny, even in cases where a child has been abused?

The stories of Mitchell Breland and Ted Rollins tell us the answer is yes.

Is there any serious doubt that Ted Rollins committed acts of child abuse? Here is a video of Sherry Rollins' eye-witness account of the beating, followed by court documents that show Ted Rollins' conviction for assault:

Ted Rollins Arrested for Assault

Ted Rollins Sentence for Assault


Anonymous said...

It is difficult to believe that our country is not at the tap root this disgusting subhuman filth behavior of pedophile cult as Brian Gerrish also uncovered and told us it was here, "Common Purpose." Now it dresses up as ICLEI.

The House of Rothschild is of course the vampire squid, as the Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibbi calls IT.

IT is technology, in the reality zone. Uncovered this IT is digital credit-debt and Americans have paid until death do part us, all ~in this time~


How did We The People buy dust from computer mouses and call it money, for no less than 100 years!?

We The People are literally slaves to the worst of our species that get brain dead deviant [Ted Rollins ET AL] and this filth then do whatever the greater deviants demand for money and power.

Obama is a perfect leader for these "evildoers" in that the drones are about practice, practice, practice, here at home the joy of killing like what gets to happen in Afghanistan.

Don't think these criminally insane political ponerology don't want to use drones on US.

How wonderful to not get caught, Ted Rollins and the cult, via sending in the drones to kill the innocent that speak out against the murdering and worse, making more brain dead human sub filth that cannot function other than as a "MKUltra?!"

The brain dead, soulless predatory human drones, Ted Rollins ET AL, need to be not all powerful.

jeffrey spruill said...

The abused Zac Parrish enabling these criminals:

Anonymous said...

US are felon worshipers. This could not be a worse diagnosis of a dying patient! See Florida's "elected felon" at the helm to do what these criminals do best AND~

SEE also,

"... Elizabeth Warren Slams Possible AIG Lawsuit: 'It Would Be Outrageous'" ....

AIG is going to sue USA for the "BAILOUT" as not what was in contract?! WTF

Anonymous said...

The second court document you post, the one about Ted Rollins' sentence for assault, shows Mr. Rollins paid a $100 fine for beating the holy crap out of his stepson. Gee, how much more do you want from the poor guy?

Gerry With A G said...

Court documents like this are priceless, in a sad kind of way. They show in black and white just how rigged the system is. Great reporting, LS.

TLR said...

I have to agree with @10:00. I think Ted Rollins has suffered enough. The guy has a fleet of private jets to maintain. We have to keep that in mind.

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legalschnauzer said...


You made me spew milk out of my nose. And I wasn't even drinking milk. Great line.

It made me howl so much that I mistakenly caused it to show up twice.

Anyway, thanks for reminding us of the hardships Ted Rollins faces.

Anonymous said...

You almost make Mitchell Breland sound like a sympathetic figure. He's a monster.

Spasmoda said...


Breland certainly sounds like a monster. Ted Rollins might be as big a monster, maybe bigger. I think that's the point being made here.

Anonymous said...

Ted Rollins told the court and the judge that Zac Parrish was just another "out of control" sassy, teenager and just needed to be put in his place. These comments are an indication of the heirarchy of command that Ted Rollins has been raised and educated under. First McCallie Military School for Boys, The Citadel, and from his own male family members.
Children have no rights when in the company of their superiors and that is anyone more educated, wealthier, or older and bigger. He paid $100.00 fine for beating his stepson and promised to go to anger management counseling for 6 months; however, he of course elected not to go. He recently flew into Bham in his jet with his latest wife/partner in crime and had dinner with his stepson, Zac and his two daughters along with his present stepson Ethan Matheson. Both daughters were commanded to attend. They dined at a restaurant at Brookwood mall to show the ex wife and any other onlookers what a close knit relationship he has with Zac Parrish and his present stepson, who was 10 when Ted took over his household and Mother. I wonder who bought this charade of the closeknit family with no damage as a result of Ted Rollins behavior? Or was the whole scenario to show the two Rollins daughters that everything they hear or read on LS blog can't possibly be true? Cold, calculated get togethers with the sole purpose of denying the truth of what he has done to Zac Parrish, the Rollins girls and even Ethan Matheson. He respects no one except a male figure who is older, wiser, smarter, more educated and has MORE MONEY than he.

Anonymous said...

I find it interesting that medical personnel turned in Breland, not law enforcement. If it had been left up to cops, would they have protected one of their own?

legalschnauzer said...

Anon at 10:41--

Thanks for your insights. Fascinating. I wonder if Mitchell Breland tried to make these same arguments--that these girls were "out of control" and needed to be put in their places.

Anonymous said...

BRILLIANT LS! Simply brilliant!

Anonymous said...

If Ted Rollins needed anger management, I wonder what his stepson did that made him so angry.

From reading your reports, LS, it doesn't sound like the stepson did much of anything. If I remember correctly, one or both of them was mowing the grass when the beating erupted.

That makes me think the stepson said something that made Ted Rollins angry. What could it have been?

legalschnauzer said...

Anon at 10:51--

You raise a question I've asked myself a number of times. I agree that it probably was a matter of the stepson saying something rather than doing something.

It's one thing to be angry at a child--I suspect that happens with parents quite a bit. But to almost beat one to death? That makes me think the stepson touched an unusually hot nerve.

Keep in mind that the investigation for child sexual abuse came in 1993, and the beating was in 1995. Ted Rollins managed to sweep the first one under the rug. Did the stepson, two years later, make a comment (perhaps a threat) regarding what went on in 1993? Is that why he almost got beaten to death?

Perhaps the stepson was sassy. But here's the big question: What was he sassing Ted Rollins about?

Anonymous said...

We can only imagine what was said. But are any words deserving of a beating like the one we see described here? Do women who dress provocatively deserve to be raped and disemboweled like the young woman in India lately? When does another human get to make decisions about another person's look, talk, or behavior that would make it right to inflict physical pain, disfiguration, and death on these persons? I think we all know the answer. We are discussing right to free speech and now, as for other rights... My question at this time: Did Mrs. Rollins have the right to go into the house, get the gun and shoot Mr. Rollins in the head to make him stop beating her son?

Anonymous said...

Some interesting math here . . .

One guy pays a $100 fine. Another guy is facing 1 to 10 years in prison. The offenses are roughly the same.

Hmmm, that sounds about right.

Anonymous said...

Note to Ted Rollins, CEO, Father, Stepfather, husband, adulterer, thief, child abuser and fugitive from justice: You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all the people all the time. There are a few people out here in society who intend to see you pay for what you have done to your children, your step children, and your ex wives, and yes, even your girlfriends. (and we all know there are plenty of the last mentioned category).

legalschnauzer said...

Anon at 10:58--

You make a number of profound points and ask a really serious question. I think the crux of your question is this: Would it have been lawful for Mrs. Rollins to shoot her husband in order to stop the beating and perhaps save her son's life?

We've all heard about self defense, but what about defense of another? I'm not sure how the criminal statutes treat this. Welcome thoughts from others.

In my mind, from an ethical standpoint, she would have been justified. Not sure how the law sees it.

The real-world problem with a gun in a case like this: How do you make sure you hit the abuser without harming the abused? Tough one.

To make this situation even harder, Mrs. Rollins was trying to tend to an infant daughter at the time. She had that child's welfare to think about, too.

Anonymous said...

It didn't hurt that Ted Rollins owned a business in that county where the beating took place. He employed hundreds of local, poor, latinos to work for less than minimum wage in his plant. Do you really think the county was going to do something to an owner of a multimillion dollar business in the middle of nowhere? No, the word was out that he was rich, important, and very important to the county. I knew these people. I knew the Rollins and some of the workers at ATS, American Textile Services, inc. Wonder why Mr. Rollins never adds this bankrupt company to his resume' on Forbes?

legalschnauzer said...

An important point to remember in the Rollins scenario: When Sherry Rollins called 911, and sirens could be heard in the background, Ted Rollins stopped the beating, jumped in a vehicle, and fled. He should have been arrested on the spot. By fleeing, it probably gave him time to put a cover up in place. My guess is that he called a family member, probably wealthy cousin Randall Rollins in ATL, and that helped set the plan in motion.

Rollins Inc./Orkin Pest Control long has had access to some of the nation's most powerful law firms--Sidley Austin in Chicago, Poyner Spruill in NC. Sidley Austin makes millions every year from defending Orkin; a firm like that, with tentacles around the world, could easily game the system to protect Ted Rollins.

Ted Rollins needed time to get family help. And running from approaching police sirens, gave him that time.

Anonymous said...

Ted fled the scene of a crime because he was-is flush with money and the southern upbringing from families who were known to use razor straps to the backs:

keeping the faith.

The Third Generation now in control of America, are of the same ilk except the purple Tim Geithner, Rahm Emanuel, Barack Obama et al wear, is considered higher than the crimson of the Rollins' lower class.

Ted actually is on record, caught.

Sherry Rollins could have taken a gun and demanded Ted to stop the beating, and shot him, that is should the insane criminal husband, father, stepfather not kill her and her son first, calling it self defense of course.

To surmise what Zac said is to hit the nail on the head at what exploded Ted's criminally insane out of control rage ~of course it was exactly what any pedophile family long cult line-up would do:

keep the faith.

Anonymous said...

LS, who were the lawyers that represented Ted Rollins in the assault case? That might be interesting to know.

legalschnauzer said...

Anon at 12:45--

That would be interesting to know, and you raise a great question. I don't have the answer at the moment. Will do some research.

Anonymous said...

Rollins does not pay taxes, no doubt the people of this long line of southern roots are paid.

Clearly the lawyer support and of course the support of whatever can be paid for with money.

Money = the problem, poverty that is.

The Rollins families are groomed to be a level of class that gets to benefit because they bring supposedly jobs, taxes and other sources of 'wealth' to society.

Where do these families get the base foundation to operate the companies which are about poisons.

Why do we have poverty in the year of 2013, and especially since the money is computer digits.

Who chooses the society pillars that get to be a faction, a select few "rich dictators" [in essence] in a country where the money is digital and the law is a rePUBLIC.

U.S. Constitution due process law, Fifth and Fourteenth, are not only ignored by the so called "judges," the law is mocked.

Rollins families proves it is about the cult of humans whom are automatons for the vilest of our species since history recorded our human civilizations.

Culture of vulgarity, said about the Pelosi families.

Culture of pedophilia, David Rockefeller.

Not exactly proud to be Americans, the make believe this isn't truth.

Rollins? Culture of pest controlled toxic shame saturated with feces, towels, spatulas and other never ending visions of preying upon innocence.

Purge the south of these vermin and all the insects sucking them.

Poverty is truly the most ignorant ideology sold to humankind since the first bauble was exchanged for another bauble.

Let us get to our keyboards LS and make some money!

You're a brilliant:

H. L. Mencken .... "... A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers."


Anonymous said...

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.. Never underestimate the greed of a billionaire. But I have to say separately that I will thoroughly enjoy the pigfight between former AIG chief Hank Greenberg’s C.V. Starr (now the biggest shareholder in AIG) versus the Federal government over the rescue of AIG. Any cost and embarrassment that the Administration suffers will be the direct result of the Bush-Obama policies of being concerned only about saving financial players rather than meting out any punishments, and for being incompetent negotiators...

.. Put it another way: if you thought Geithner squirmed when Elizabeth Warren grilled him, you haven’t seen anything till Boies has a go at him. That alone is reason to look on this suit with more sympathy than it otherwise deserves: it will lead any successor bailouter in chief to be a lot more careful and demanding when he shovels out cash to wards of the state...

.. The media and even some Congressmen exploded over the notion that AIG might join Greenberg in a suit against its rescuer, the US government, meaning ultimately the American taxpayer. For instance, Elijah Cummings, ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, wrote:


“... Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats.... “...Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.... H. L. Mencken~


e.a.f. said...

As my mother always said there is one law for the rich & one for the poor. that was 60 yrs ago & not much has changed.

This case is just another example. Then of course when you look at those idiots at AIG suing the american government, you really have to wonder. I'm sure some idiot judge will agree & they will be paid. Nice work if you can get it. In the future the government will be well advised to have a "no lawsuit" clause added to anything they have. Too big to let fail, too big to be subject to the laws of the land. Must be nice.