Lesbian Who Alleged Nebraska Hate Crime Charged with Lying About Attack

Andrew Mach, NBC News, August 21, 2012

A Nebraska woman who claimed she was the victim of a horrific hate crime in July and subsequently charged with making false claims to police pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charge Tuesday.

Police in Lincoln, Neb., who spent weeks investigating the case, arrested Charlie Rogers Tuesday for making a false report. Lancaster County Attorney Joe Kelly said a judge issued the warrant for her arrest earlier Tuesday.

Charlie Rogers

Rogers, 33, of Lincoln, pleaded not guilty to the charge and was released on a personal recognizance bond after a brief court appearance Tuesday afternoon.

Her lawyer, Brett McArthur, said she maintains that the attack happened, according to The Associated Press.

Rogers told police three men wearing black ski masks broke into her home during the early morning hours on July 22, bound her wrists and ankles with zip ties, beat her and carved anti-gay slurs into her arms and abdomen.

Rogers also alleged the men spray painted homophobic slurs inside the home and poured gasoline around the house before lighting it on fire.

Rogers said she was bound and naked when she escaped and managed to knock on a neighbor’s door at about 4 a.m. July 22.

Police said they interviewed Rogers on four separate occasions. Because of inconsistencies in her various accounts of the attack and forensic DNA evidence, a warrant was issued for her arrest.


Also puzzling was that Rogers wrote on Facebook on July 18 what they believe is a motive for faking the attack, according to The Associated Press: “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.”

There was no apparent struggle in the room where Rogers, a former University of Nebraska basketball star, said she was attacked on her bed, the warrant for her arrest says, which also described the bedspread as appearing “neat” and “evenly placed on the bed.”

“There was no apparent blood on the bedspread; even though Ms. Rogers reported she was rolled on to her stomach after she had been cut on her arms, abdomen, chest and front legs while being held down.”


Additionally, the FBI sent photos of the cuts on Rogers to a coroner’s physician for Lancaster County, who consulted with Dr. Michelle Elieff, a forensic pathologist. According to the warrant, Elieff said Rogers’ cuts appeared to be self-inflicted.


Elieff also noted Rogers had no bruising, even though she alleged the men beat her.


Investigators discovered that the gloves, zip ties, blades and a red utility knife were purchased five days before the alleged attack at a hardware store in Lincoln. During an interview, Rogers told police she shops at that store.

Police showed a clerk from the store a photo lineup and the clerk identified Rogers as the person who bought the items, the arrest warrant says.


News of the alleged attack sparked multiple vigils attended by thousands of gay-rights supporters who donated money in support of Rogers in cities throughout Nebraska.

At the time, Rogers said she would not attend the vigils because she was in hiding and wouldn’t speak publicly about the details of her attack for fear of influencing the police investigation.


If convicted, Rogers could face up to one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine, the Lancaster County Attorney’s office said.



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  • WmarkW

    We need a hate crime enhancement for false reporting.

    The (alleged) rationale for hate enhancements is that whole segments of society are victims, because the intent of the crime is to drive fear into them.  Well, a false hate report also engenders a general level of anxiety into society that starts to worry about these violent haters in their midst.     It wouldn’t be too harsh to punish this woman for the panic she needlessly caused.

    • Michael C. Scott

      Exactly correct, but if a bill like that was ever introduced, the Usual Suspects would whine that it would “make people afraid to come foreward”.

      The idea that people are supposed to be afraid to make false accusations has become passe,  guess.   With the Duke rape hoax in particular, I had the surreal feeling that as a nation we had been collectively deported to Salem, Massechusetts, year 1692.

    • Cyb

       they should have to pay for the total cost of the investigation which I’m certain runs into the tens of thousands…

  • Michael C. Scott

    At least she’s getting charged with something.  Crystal Magnum got a free pass on this sort of thing, and later a free pass on arson in an occupied dwelling, and is now awaiting trial for the stabbing murder of her boyfriend.

    In addition to the fine, I hope Rogers receives a nice, fat bill for all the police time she wasted.

  • Biff_Maliboo

    Like the curious phenomena of nooses on campus, these cases usually end up being self-inflicted.

    I’m sure her public apology for besmirching the “straight community” of  Lincoln will be forthcoming.

  • Ulick

    To prove that Liberals don’t want facts, just a narrative that supports their victim identity…

    “LGBT community to rally after Rogers’ arrest”http://journalstar.com/news/local/lgbt-community-to-rally-after-rogers-arrest/article_73d129ea-aeb6-5333-b2eb-e6a3c790eb58.html

    A rally in support of Lincoln’s gay and lesbian community is planned for Wednesday evening, a day after police said a hate crime reported last month was staged.

    By early evening, more than 120 Facebook users said they would attend the “LGBTQQA Solidarity Rally,” 9-10 p.m., on the west side of the Capitol. Nearly 1,350 people were directly invited.

    “We will remind each other that we are stronger as one and that no matter what happens we must continue to trust each other and work together toward our common goals of safety, equal rights and equal recognition,” Sarah Bredthauer wrote on Facebook.

    “No matter what did or did not happen, hate crimes are still a real threat faced by our LGBTQQA community.”


    What did or did not happen does matter, and in this instance (as in most) the hate crime was not real. 

  • Where’s her picture ?

    • I feel sorry for the poor photo editors these days.  How do they even catch mistakes anymore?

    • ncpride

      Wow, I’m slow tonight. It took me an hour or so to figure out what you meant. Which brings me to a story of my own. I was working one night at a retail store many years ago and a new stocker was working as well. I kept calling this guy ‘he’ and some friends of mine who were there visiting and talking with me kept giving me strange looks and ‘ahem-ing’ and I STILL didn’t get what the problem was. Only when we stepped outside did they inform me that the stocker was actually a girl. I was so embarrassed, but I swear she looked exactly like a man. How’s that for slow? Sheesh…

  • They always do. Anything to put money into them Cayman Island and Bermuda domiciled bank accounts.

  • TomIron361

    I feel sorry for these poor women. They’re out of their minds for the most part.

    • crystal evans

      Most lesbians are not out their minds. Just those who want attention.

  • Guest

    This is one of the most important reasons to have an ironclad “no lesbians” policy.  Although this particular incident did not involve a victim, many do.  How many straight, white men are in prison now for “rape” because they made a handy target for such stories.

    There is great confusion about what lesbianism is, so let me clear it up.  There is no such thing as same gender sexuality.  Having sex with someone of the same gender is perversion.  That is the point and those sex acts take place in the context of other perverted acts that center around victimization of others.  Lesbianism has, at its core, hatred of men.  That is the point.  Sex between two women is NOT the point.  Having sex without a man and focusing on hatred of men, is the main thing these women are doing.  Hanging around people who hate you puts you at high risk for them harming you (duh).  Make no mistake, no matter how a lesbian interacts with you, what they are focusing on is how much they hate men….particularly straight white men.  Anyone with any experience with lesbians knows how this tends to hidden and then pop out by surprise.

    Don’t let the surprise be a policeman at your door accusing you of rape or your supervisor accusing you of sexual harassment.  Treat the lesbians as pariahs and avoid them at all cost.

    • Sloppo

      There is a lesbian in my extended family and I employed her for a while because she needed the work and she was a hard worker.  I was nicer and much more generous to her than I would have been to a non-family member, but her hatred for me soon became obvious just like you said.  I was bewildered.  I heard that she actually said things behind my back that would suggest that she wanted to fight me.  She never had the nerve to talk tough in front of me because, as macho and crazy as she acts, I think she may have had an idea about what would have happened if it had come to blows.  Crazy stuff.

    • Sherman_McCoy

      Replace “lesbian” with “black” and “men” with “whites” and you also have a true statement.

      Except for the sex stuff.  Blacks LOVE to muhdick anything that moves.  Or not.

    • TomIron361

      Sir, you seem to know what you’re talking about. Certainly, I’m no expert on this topic. I’ve never been around lesbians much in my life. But as I said below, I feel pity for them. That they must crawl around at the edges of society. That somehow they were born insane, for whatever reason. I’m no bleeding heart, but lets not be too hard on them. They’re crazy. At the same time, if I had a business, I’d certainly adhere to your advice.

  • The main thing you need to realize about the gay rights movement, if you’re an Amren reader, is that it is marching in straight along the path blazed by the civil rights movement.  It’s like they took a civil rights playbook, and just crossed out the word black and inserted gay.

  • TomIron361

    Yeah, I know you’re right, but there’s something in me (decency I think – maybe as you say. misguided)) that pities them. I even clicked a “like” for your response, but that’s the way I feel.

  • Biff_Maliboo

    This fabulous lesbian also managed to ruin the final days of her neighbor’s husband’s life!


    At least the poor guy’s final hours were spent with the pall of diversity over his household.

    Way to jam the oppressive heteronormative culture, Chuck!

    • ncpride

      Utter selfishness and total disregard for her poor neighbor and her dying husband. Unbelieveable.

  • The ONE good thing about hate crime laws is that because they’re being investigated, they’re exposing the hoaxes.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    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.

    All is forgiven,  “Charlie!”  There’s job waiting for you in Napolitano’s “Frat House” DHS!!


  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    I read your last sentence as:

    Don’t feel sorry for them…do everything you can to disembowel them.

    (which, when you think about it, is what they’d like to do to us).


  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Yes, like the Tawana Brawley case that made Sean Hannity’s “great friend” Al $harpton famous.  Tawana Brawley scrawled “KKK” on herself and accused a White man, Steve Pagones of raping her.

    We stated openly that Steven Pagones did it, said Sharpton. If we’re lying, sue us, so we can go into court with you and prove you did it. Sue us — sue us right now.

    Pagones, did sue Sharpton and won.

    Falsely accusing a White man of raping a black is no barrier to hosting a talk show on MSNBC or lecturing the nation on civility.


    • Cyb

       or running for president. or was that keyes…

      • MrGJG

         Actually, they both ran. If all blacks behaved like Alan Keyes, the need for this site would diminish ten-fold.

  • crystal evans

    She is the lesbian Tawana Brawley. The only thing that is missing that she does not have the support of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson Till this day, Tawana believes that the attack actually happend. Even the NY Times wrote a book about her attack and came to the conclusion that it was staged by both Brawley and her mother because Tawanna disobeyed her stepfathers orders not to visit her boyfriend in jail. Both mother and daughter knew that he was going to be angry when he found out what she did and also beat her as he had a propensity for violence.

  • Cyb

    Please everyone do not think that all lesbian women are like this. There are terrible people in every sub group. As a lesbian woman I am as horrified by her behavior as you are. Financial incentives corrupt a lot of people across the board. 

    • OK, we know. At least, I know.

    • Ever toss a woman’s salad?

      • Being so pointlessly vulgar says a lot more about you than it does about Cyb.

        • What TF is up with you? It’s a valid question – asking a woman if she has ever engaged in a certain act with another woman – she is a lesbian after all.

    • Canis lupus

      I understand this. Meanwhile, I have to walk on eggshells around lesbian women because any perceived slight against them by me, no matter if it is unintentional, can mean breaking out in handcuffs and social and career suicide. Lesbian women do not have to adhere to the same social rules as white heterosexual men do.

      • Yeah, some of them hate us intensely. Some, on the other hand, like us. But, IMO, most of them are actually indifferent.

  • sarah stein

    Noose hoaxes, swastika hoaxes, it was just a matter of time before the lesbians would jump in to stick it to the white man. Another group to not be taken seriously when crying wolf.

    • Who’s next I wonder? Who is left to stick it to the straight White male? Midgets? Pedophiles? Will serial killers become “victims” of a terrible “mental disease”?

  • MrGJG

    If only she had been a black lesbian, than she would get a walk. The double standard even exists in the gay community.

  • Canis lupus

    The fact you classify yourself as a black lesbian is the whole problem. Why not call yourself an American (if thats where you are from)? Dividing people up into groups or classifications creates animosity. Also, you claim there are hate crimes against gays and lesbians of color. I dont believe that. At least not in the epidemic proportions you claim. Yet, I would bet that you are openly hostile to all white heteresexual men especially in the workplace daring them to know that chip off your black lesbian shoulder.

  • Biff_Maliboo

     Prove it.

  • Just curious- has this Charlie woman undergone plastic surgery ? I mean- the beard is way too masculine for average lesbian. From hair to lips- passable. Jaws are, on the other hand, beyond anything I’ve ever seen on a woman.

    • Vil

       Yeah, she kind of looks like many young German men I´ve seen…
      I sure wouldn´t be able to tell them apart if they were in a line up.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Sharpton never personally paid.

    After the verdict, Sharpton was ordered to pay Steve Pagones $65,000, which Sharpton said publicly he had no intention of paying.

    When Sharpton decided to run for president, the debt became a problem. So Sharpton’s friends paid off his debt, which, by that point was $87,000 with interest and penalties.

    Unbelievable that this buffoon, instead of being shunned and marginalized, is given his own national forum.


  • Sigh…amren regulars have this tendency to over-react. One trivial point: lesbians are women who are attracted to other women. They don’t hate us-men- as an integral part of their erotic and emotional lives. Some of them DO, but not the majority, let alone all.
    Although- all this LBTQUDRPBTFDJZGFKNBTSGJPMNGFR stuff is, as a public phenomenon, frequently frustrating.

    Anyway, female sexuality is a confusing stuff, I’ve already given some links:


    • The butch types generally hate men. I think it’s envy of our genuine masculinity and fear of us as competition for their more feminine counterparts.

      The less masculine the women, the more indifferent they seem to be towards men.

      • RileyDeWiley

         Well, yes. The femmes can always find men, and a lot of them do. The butches must fish in a very small pond.

        Lesbian relationships are surprisingly violent, too.

  • Wayne Gretzky is a lesbian?

  • panjoomby

    the FBI keeps track of “hate crime” stats but NOT hate crime HOAXES – something’s wrong with that.

  • Guest

    Oh and I realized one other thing: real anti-gay attacks would happen on the street, not in someone’s house.  The attackers were driving down the street and using their psychic powers to know which house contained a lesbian who would be attacked with carving, enough gasoline to start a fire that doesn’t cause any damage, and no rape?

    There was this hate crime attack in California recently where some unknown assailants broke into a house, because they had psychic powers and knew they would find a Muslim woman there, and beat her to death.  Hate crime, of course the SPLC gets all foamy at the mouth over it: http://www.splcenter.org/blog/2012/03/26/california-mother-slain-in-possible-anti-muslim-hate-crime/

    But wait, it happened inside the house – how could the attackers possibly have known that this one nice suburban house contains a desired target for their attacks?  Of course it comes out that it was a crime of hatred, perpetrated by family members, not the evil K-group:


    Any of these attacks that happen in the home don’t make any sense as hate crimes, because how can the attackers look at a home from the outside and know there’s a lesbian, a Mulsim, or whatever their target is, inside?

    I know that when it happens inside a home, or in a college dorm, it’s 99% likely to be a hoax.  I’m sure the police know this as well.

    I would expect a real hate attack (rare, but they do happen) to be either on the street, where they can identify the victim, or in a religious center, such as the Sikh temple attack.

    What a joke – but that doesn’t stop the SPLC from raising money from it.