LINCOLN — A woman accused of fabricating a gay hate crime has asked a judge to move her trial from Lancaster County.
Charlie Rogers, 34, faces one misdemeanor count of false reporting after she said three masked men broke into her Lincoln home on July 22, bound her with zip ties and scrawled anti-gay slurs into her arms and abdomen. Rogers has pleaded not guilty.
Lincoln police have said Rogers, a lesbian, staged the crime, which included an attempt to set her house on fire. She filed a motion for change of venue last week, arguing that extensive news coverage of the case has made it impossible to seat an impartial jury in Lancaster County. She faces up to a year in jail if convicted.
When Rogers reported the attack last summer, it triggered calls for tolerance and acceptance in rallies in Lincoln and maha. The incident was covered by national news media outlets and discussed extensively in social media.
Rogers, a former standout basketball player for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, released a YouTube video last week in which she stood behind her version of events. She accused police of making up their minds from the beginning, which prevented police from thoroughly investigating her report.
“The perpetrators of my crime are still out there,” Rogers said on the video.
Her case is scheduled for a hearing this morning in Lancaster County Court.
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