A Nebraska woman has been found guilty of faking a hate crime, reports AP
, after months of police suspicion that she'd lied about being attacked in July by three men who allegedly carved anti-gay slurs on to her stomach and arms.
Lincoln resident and former University of Nebraska basketball star Charlie Rogers was discovered by police last summer after a neighbor reported that Rogers had crawled to her home bloodied and screaming. Rogers told authorities that the men broke into her home, held her down, tied her up, and sliced derogatory words on to her body, but the evidence found at the scene didn't corroborate that story, and a forensic pathologist called in
by the FBI said the cuts were caused either by Rogers herself or with her permission.
Now Rogers could face up to a year in jail and $1,000 fine.
Why would she fake the crime? Police believe she thought it could help provoke change in a city that had only just passed a new "fairness ordinance" banning discrimination against members of the LGBT community. An activist herself, Rogers vowed to be a "catalyst" for change in a Facebook message posted shortly before the incident.
"I'm just dumbfounded," said Linda Rappl, the neighbor who called 911 on Rogers' behalf. "I'm still having a hard time believing it's a hoax."
Via AP and the Journal Star