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Woman accused of faking ‘hate crime’ attack slams investigators

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

LINCOLN, Neb. — The woman accused of staging a “hate crime” and filing a false police report in a highly publicized incident earlier this year, continues to maintain that she is a victim and denies fabricating the incident.

In e-mails sent to local media this week, Charlie Rogers, 34, accused the Lincoln police Department of botching the investigation, and slammed investigators in a YouTube video posted late Tuesday.

Rogers claimed that “she probably will go to jail” for a crime she says she didn’t commit.

The case against Rogers 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, 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.

Police said they found no sign of a struggle at Rogers’ house, no blood on the bedspread where she said the intruders cut her, and a forensic pathologist from the FBI determined that Rogers made the cuts herself or they were done with her permission, according to her arrest warrant.

Rogers pleaded not guilty September 27.

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11 more reader comments:

  1. thats a woman?

    Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 6:02pm
  2. :/

    Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 6:02pm
  3. Patrick.. that was rude.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 6:04pm
  4. It is hard to believe that someone would fake that kind of thing. it is a little easier to believe that the police are covering something up.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 6:05pm
  5. Hey im sorry but i couldnt tell just what the hell gender this individual was

    Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 6:12pm
  6. well since it says “Woman” Patrick, why would you even question it…#facepalm

    Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 6:15pm
  7. If she is truly quilty of creating the crime against her, I really hope she seeks mental help.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 6:16pm
  8. Patrick, that was completely uncalled for. You should be ashamed of yourself.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 6:24pm
  9. Robert L Dolan, people fake crimes all the time.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 6:40pm
  10. I’m actually glad this happened. This type of crime will cause investigators to be very careful when investigating accusations. Perfect example is the Elmo puppeteer

    Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 10:34pm
  11. two words for ya’ll, Teena Brandon… God bless you Charlie Rogers… don’t you dare stop.. keep talking and making people aware… and in this video in all of her pain she’s urging people to love and help each other more than she’s asking for anything for herself… <3

    Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 11:02pm