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Lesbian who faked hate crime found guilty after pleading ‘no contest’

Monday, December 10, 2012

LINCOLN, Neb. — In a Lancaster County courtroom Monday, Judge Gale Pokorny, found Charlie Rogers guilty of staging a fake anti-gay hate crime that shocked both the citizens of Lincoln, Neb., and the nation — first for the brutality of the alleged crime, and then for lying about the crime.

Rogers, 34, pleaded no contest in court this afternoon, a reversal of the not guilty plea she had made in the case earlier in September. Pokorny set the date of her sentencing for February, 14, 2013.

Charlie Rogers
Booking photo.

Rogers’ defense attorney Brett McArthur told reporters after the hearing, “The courtroom is not a gentle place. Charlie is a very fragile personality. This has been very distressing experience and she felt she couldn’t go on.”

Local prosecutors had charged Rogers last August with making a false report to police.

Rogers told investigators that three men broke into her house on July 22, tied her up, carved anti-gay slurs into her skin and tried to light the house on fire.

In a 15-minute video she posted online in mid-November, Rogers re-asserted her claim to that version of the events.

“The investigation culminated with me in a room with law enforcement and them saying, Charlie you did it. Say you did it. You did it. And me saying, No, No I didn’t I won’t say I did it then, I won’t say I did it now. I did not do this I am innocent,” Rogers said in the YouTube video.

Rogers also accused Lincoln police investigators of botching the investigation by trying to shred her story while according to her the three attackers ran free.

“Despite being railroaded,” she said, “I’m gonna talk. I’m gonna talk, and I’m gonna talk until I can’t talk anymore. This isn’t ok.”

Prosecutors said they offered Rogers no deal.

She faces up to one year in prison, and a fine of up to $1,000 for the misdemeanor crime when she appears for sentencing.

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12 more reader comments:

  1. Damn.

    Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 3:28pm
  2. When will folks realize we’re are the same as everyone else; meaning crazy isn’t regulated to heterosexuals.

    Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 3:33pm
  3. I worry though there will be a backlash because of this.

    Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 3:40pm
  4. honestly she deserves jail time who makes a fake report like that? that makes the community look bad. if shes such a fragile personality then why did she make a false report?

    Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 3:40pm
  5. The cutting, who could do that to themself? She’s an ill woman to need this kind of attention.

    Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 3:41pm
  6. Okay, I’m going to be on the flip side of this in case it’s NOT a false accusation. Look where it happened – Nebraska. Does anyone remember Teena Brandon? She wasnt crying wolf yet the officials refused to do anything about it. Until she ended up dead.

    Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 3:51pm
  7. Location seems kind of irrelevant here.

    Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 3:57pm
  8. Not good, not good at all.

    Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 4:04pm
  9. Good now she needs punishment just like any other criminal.

    Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 4:48pm
  10. That’s some sweeping generalization about Nebraskans, Denise. If possible, please think before you comment.

    Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 6:28pm
  11. Is she faking.g her lesbianism too?

    Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 8:04pm
  12. She has a problem.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 3:03am