PALMER, Alaska (AP) - The Alaska Department of Public Safety will pay $500,000 to a woman who was assaulted after authorities failed to warn her a man who previously attacked her had fled house arrest.
The payment settles a lawsuit filed by 43-year-old Shawna Robb of Wasilla, The Anchorage Daily News reported.
The Associated Press does not normally name victims or alleged victims of sexual assaults. But Robb’s attorney, Joshua Fallon, said Monday that she granted reporters permission to use her name in the hope that the same thing does not happen to other people.
Jordan King, 27, abducted Robb from her home in March 2016 before taking her to another location and sexually assaulting her, authorities said.
King was serving house arrest while awaiting trial on charges he attacked and sexually assaulted Robb in 2015.
King’s stepfather called 911 around 8 p.m. to report King had left the property. Troopers said they opened a “reportable incident” file as a placeholder for an investigation.
Troopers did not notify Robb, go to the home of King’s custodians or inform the detectives assigned to his case or the on-call district attorney, the lawsuit said.
When Robb went outside to warm up her pickup before leaving for work at 4:30 a.m. the next day, King surprised her and abducted her by holding a butcher knife to her throat.
He took Robb to Houston, where he assaulted her again, authorities have said. She talked King into giving himself up to authorities 12 hours later.
King was convicted of attempted murder, kidnapping and sexual assault in a November 2017 trial.
Robb’s lawsuit said Alaska troopers did not notify her of Ross’s disappearance, failed to respond quickly when her niece reported her kidnapped and did not call additional searchers to help find her.
Robb also sued King’s family members, who were supposed to be monitoring him. The case is scheduled for trial next year.
The public safety department said in a statement that it “takes victims’ rights seriously and is proactively reviewing its policies to ensure victims’ rights are protected.”
Robb appreciated the state taking her complaint seriously and is “reviewing the circumstances of my abduction and attack to develop policy changes that will prevent other women from being subjected to what I endured,” she said in a statement provided to the Anchorage Daily News by Fallon, her attorney.
“I don’t know that I will ever heal from the attack I suffered in 2016,” Robb wrote. “I am looking forward to someday putting all of this behind me, to whatever extent I can.”
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