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Ex-Nebraska basketball player convicted of hate crime hoax denies probation violations

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LINCOLN, Nebraska — A Lincoln woman convicted of lying to police about being the victim of an anti-gay attack denied Monday that she violated terms of her probation.

Charlie Rogers, 36, faces up to a year behind bars if a judge revokes her probation during a hearing scheduled for March 13, according to the Lincoln Journal Star (http://bit.ly/192qNEM ).

Rogers' sentencing order included a 90-day jail sentence to be served starting Jan. 15 unless her probation officer waived it. But the probation officer didn't waive it because Rogers failed to complete other provisions of her probation, including the required 250 hours of community service, according to prosecutors. Prosecutors said she should have surrendered for jailing on Jan. 15.

Court documents show that Rogers denied the allegations during a hearing Monday, though details weren't immediately available.

Rogers, a former University of Nebraska-Lincoln basketball player, was convicted of lying to police about being attacked by masked men. Rogers, who has said she's a lesbian, said the men carved anti-gay slurs into her skin.

Rogers reported on July 12, 2012, that the men who attacked her tried to set fire to her home before leaving. A neighbor told police that Rogers crawled from her home naked, bleeding and screaming for help.

But her story quickly fell apart, and prosecutors said Rogers faked the attack because she thought it would inspire change in the treatment of gay people.

She spent seven days in jail after being convicted. Prosecutors agreed to waive a 90-day jail sentence if she completed community service.


Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, http://www.journalstar.com

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