A Lincoln, Nebraska woman who claimed three men broke into her home and physically assaulted her because she was a lesbian, only to be convicted of faking the attack, was sentenced Thursday to a week in jail and two years’ probation.
Charlie Rogers, a former University of Nebraska basketball star, maintains the attack happened last July, despite evidence — or rather, the lack of evidence — to the contrary. Police were unable to find signs of forced entry, or blood on the bed where she was allegedly cut. Also, a forensic scientist determined that the cuts were self-inflicted.
“The evidence is overwhelming that Charlie Rogers’ narrative on 22 July, 2012 was an incredible and outrageous lie the second it passed her lips,” said presiding judge Gale Pokorny.
Rogers had posted a suspicious message on Facebook prior to the attack — “So maybe I am too idealistic, but I believe way deep inside me that we can make things better for everyone. I will be a catalyst. I will do what it takes. I will. Watch me.” — which ultimately sealed her fate.
At the time, Lincoln was in the midst of a heated debate over an ordinance that would ban LGBT discrimination.
“It exploded in her face,” Pokorny said. “Ms. Rogers has single-handedly managed to do a disservice to her cause of enormous proportion. For a long, long time to come, when a gay makes a legitimate complaint about unequal treatment or discrimination, there will be a knee-jerk reaction among many.”
Well, when a gay does make a legitimate complaint, there are probably going to be a lot of jerks involved judging from that comment alone. But anyway, in addition to the week in prison and two years probation, Rogers is also expected to serve 250 hours community service and complete a psychiatric exam.