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Nebraska woman found guilty of faking hate crime

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 10, 2012 at 6:38 pm •  Published: December 10, 2012
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Police believe she faked the attack because she believed it would spark change.

Investigators have said that evidence gathered at her home undermined her account of what happened, including a pair of gloves that Rogers said didn't belong to her but contained mostly her DNA and none from a male. Police said she deleted several text messages she'd sent the evening of the alleged attack, and that she'd recently purchased a box cutter and zip ties.

Police also pointed to a message she posted on her Facebook page shortly before the incident that read: "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."

Rogers reported the attack during a charged debate in Lincoln over the city's proposed "fairness ordinance," which would have banned discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

"This has been a very traumatic event for her," McArthur said after Monday's hearing. "She has maintained her story, and having the focus of this investigation turned toward her has been really hard."