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Nebraska lesbian who allegedly faked hate crime headed to trial

Thursday, September 27, 2012

LINCOLN, Neb. — Lancaster County, Neb., District Court Judge Gale Pokorny on Thursday continued until Nov. 19 the case against a Nebraska woman charged with providing false information to police in connection to an alleged anti-gay hate crime that investigators now say was an elaborate hoax.

Charlie Rogers

The case against Charlie Rogers, 33, stemmed from her allegedly filing a false report with Lincoln police on July 22 in which she claimed that three masked attackers invaded her home, painted homophobic slurs on the walls, and carved them into her skin, before attempting to set her house on fire.

Rogers, 33, a former standout basketball player at the University of Nebraska and who is openly lesbian, was charged after investigators determined that her claims of being attacked were fabricated.

Rogers has pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor of providing false information to police.

During the hearing Thursday, Rogers waived her right to a speedy trial and her attorney Brett McArthur said the delay will give him a chance to wade through the forensic evidence, but declined to comment on anything he already may have found to back up his client’s account.

“She’s been incredibly strong. The outpouring of support for Charlie has been incredible,” McArthur said after court.

Police officials said they never ruled out the possibility that the alleged hate crime may have been a hoax, and in fact, one source within the Lincoln police department, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told LGBTQ Nation in August that detectives were suspicious of the Rogers’ claims from the start of the investigation.

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16 more reader comments:

  1. Great, thanks for the negative publicity for us as a whole….

    Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 8:26pm
  2. I read “naked lesbian” and got excited

    Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 8:26pm
  3. This is really sad and unfortunate…

    Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 8:27pm
  4. She needs to be publicly held accontable so no one else thinks this is OK! Nothing should stay in the shadows.. Against us or anything we do…

    Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 8:28pm
  5. Yeah, thanks…..

    Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 8:29pm
  6. This woman is sick.

    Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 8:29pm
  7. @rosalie: well. We re not all saints. Why should we be portrayed as perfect? Gays arent angels. Far from it. Need a reality check dude?

    Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 8:30pm
  8. If she is found guilty i hope they throw the book at her but it she is not found guilt i hope they can show how and where the Nebraska police botched the case. I like not questions lingering.

    Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 8:32pm
  9. She sounds like she had some underlying mental issues. I hope she receives help for whatever is causing her to act out like this.

    Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 8:33pm
  10. Eh, people make mistakes. Through this all, I hope she can just learn from it and grow from the experience.

    Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 8:35pm
  11. I hope they frie the bitch. She makes all of us look bad!

    Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 8:37pm
  12. good, let her go to trial. we have a difficult time trying to get respect, then to have someone pull such a bone head move.. prosecute them!

    Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 8:39pm
  13. Totally makes us look bad. So stupid didn’t help one bit dummy. Sheesh!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 8:54pm
  14. I ho;pe she’s not guilty but if she is…she’s obviously sick

    Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 9:00pm
  15. Hate crimes are real and should never be faked. She’s mentally sick.

    Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 9:04pm
  16. ‘ANT NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THIS’

    Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 9:22pm