CHEYENNE, Wyoming — A recent University of Wyoming graduate and liberal activist has been ordered to pay a fine after pleading no contest to charges involving a Facebook hoax where authorities say she posted a sexually violent threat against herself written to appear as though it were from an anonymous Republican rival.
Meghan Lanker-Simons must pay $540 in fines and court fees. She was charged with misdemeanor interfering with a peace officer after the UW Police Department investigated the graphic comment this spring.
The posting prompted outrage and a rally against sexual violence that Lanker-Simons addressed.
Investigators say Lanker-Simons wrote the post.
Circuit Court Judge Randal Arp accepted her no contest plea and imposed the fine and fees earlier this week.
Charles Pelkey, an attorney who represented Lanker-Simons, declined to comment on the case or to give his client's whereabouts Friday.
Lanker-Simons gained national attention in 2010 when she filed a lawsuit against the university that forced it to allow 1960s radical Bill Ayers on the campus for a speech on education. Ayers co-founded the Weather Underground, an anti-war group from the Vietnam Era that claimed to be responsible for a series of bombings, including nonfatal explosions at the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol.
Lanker-Simons' husband, Andrew Simons, ran unsuccessfully in 2010 as a Democrat for Wyoming secretary of state.
The comment that led to the campus police probe in April described Lanker-Simons as "that chick that runs her liberal mouth all the time."
"One night with me and she's gonna be a good Republican (expletive)," according to the post, which included a more explicit reference to rape.
The comment appeared on a Facebook forum for UW students that is not operated or sanctioned by the university.
Lanker-Simons, who graduated from UW last spring, denied posting the comment during an interview with detectives, according to the police affidavit.
Police traced the post to Lanker-Simons' personal computer and determined that it was logged on under her user name when the posting was made.