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Neb. Woman Maintains Anti-Gay Attack Happened

Thursday Nov 15, 2012

LINCOLN, Neb. - A former University of Nebraska women's basketball star accused of faking a hate-crime attack against her is standing by her story in emails to news organizations and in an online video.

In the YouTube video and emails Charlie Rogers, 34, insists she did not make up the July attack, the Lincoln Journal Star reported (

"The perpetrators of my crime are still out there. They are. It wasn't me," Rogers said in the 15-minute video. "I wouldn't say I did it then, and I won't say I did it now. I am innocent."

Rogers told police that three masked men broke into her home, and that one of them pinned her down while another sliced a cross into her chest, cut the front of her thighs and shins and carved derogatory words in her arms and abdomen. She said they then rolled her onto her stomach and cut her buttocks, the back of her thighs and the back of her right calf. She also said they tried to burn down her house.

Rogers crawled from her home naked, bleeding and screaming for help, a neighbor told police.

Police arrested her Aug. 21 for allegedly staging the attack, and prosecutors charged her with making a false report to police, a misdemeanor. She pleaded not guilty Sept. 27.

Both prosecutors and Rogers' attorney have said they expect the case to go to trial.

Investigators did not follow up on leads in the case, Rogers said. They did not interview a woman who had a key to Rogers' house, didn't check out men taking photographs of her at a public event and didn't secure the crime scene in the days after the attack, she said.

Instead, Rogers said, authorities have painted her as mentally ill and tried her in the court of public opinion.

Police Chief Jim Peschong countered that investigators have worked diligently on the case and brought in an FBI agent to help.

Peschong said investigators never found any evidence to back up Rogers' story. He said there was no sign of a struggle at Rogers' house and no blood on the bedspread where she said the men cut her. An FBI forensic pathologist determined that Rogers made the cuts herself or they were done with her permission, her arrest warrant says.

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  • jimbodapimp, 2012-11-15 10:02:18

    Those investigators needs to explain WHY she supposedly hate crimed herself. If they cannot, it’s more than obvious that it really happened. Not only did she get violated once but they are assaulting her virtually now... What the hell is wrong with these bigots?!? Do they beat their children too?!?

  • , 2012-11-15 18:18:19

    As an LEO investigator myself I REALLY tried to not profile her during her interview or judge the story without all the details. As much as I tried based on my training and experience I really worried this would be the outcome of this case. I do believe, having worked in this arena, that the investigators worked hard in this case. To actually charge a victim I can only imagine that the forensic evidence Did not corroborate her story. It made me really sad to see this turn out this way but unfortunately it’s No unheard of.

  • , 2012-11-17 13:37:22

    If you want to know what God thinks of gay marriage and the homosexual lifestyle, the read about Sodom and Gomorrah in the Bible. God wiped out the entire cities with fire and brimstone

  • fernsky, 2012-11-20 20:14:10

    Isn’t it great to be anonymous anything goes and it’ll never come back to you.

  • , 2012-11-21 00:45:52

    What does that suppose mean?It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.

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