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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

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."