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Lincoln woman convicted in hate-crime hoax acknowledges violating probation, faces jail time

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LINCOLN, Nebraska — A woman convicted of lying to police about being the victim of an anti-gay attack faces up to a year in jail after acknowledging that she violated her probation.

Charlie Rogers, 36, told Lancaster County Judge Thomas Fox that she did not report to jail on Jan. 15 to finish a 90-day jail sentence, one of the orders of her probation, the Lincoln Journal Star reported (http://bit.ly/1Hfktol ) Saturday.

After her admission, Fox found Rogers violated her probation and set a new sentencing hearing for May. Rogers faces up to a year behind bars if the judge revokes her probation then.

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, but officials say she failed to complete that service.

Instead of reporting to jail on Jan. 15, Rogers began volunteering to cover her community service, logging 200 hours between Jan. 15 and March 9, said her attorney, Korey Reiman.


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

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