Nebraska woman found guilty of faking hate crime
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska woman who claimed she was attacked by three men who carved anti-gay slurs into her arms and stomach was found guilty Monday of making a false report.
Charlie Rogers, a former University of Nebraska basketball star, entered a no contest plea, which allowed her to not admit guilt but state that she wouldn't offer a defense. Her attorney said Rogers maintains her innocence but didn't want a court fight or more of the intense publicity that her case has generated.
"She has a very sensitive personality, and this has been a very frightening experience on many levels," attorney Brett McArthur said after the hearing in Lincoln. "She's not a particularly outspoken person in the gay community."
The 34-year-old could face up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine when sentenced in February.
Lancaster County Attorney Joe Kelly declined to comment Monday, saying he could not discuss the case until after Rogers was sentenced. He wouldn't say what sentence prosecutors would recommend.
Rogers was charged a month after telling police in July that three masked men broke into her home in Lincoln, assaulted her and carved derogatory words into her body. A neighbor told police that Rogers crawled from her home naked, bleeding and screaming for help.
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