Nebraskan convicted in hate crime hoax a no-show for jail

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Posted: Jan 16, 2015 12:24 PM

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A 36-year-old woman convicted of a hate crime hoax in Lincoln hasn't shown up for jail time that she was required to serve because she didn't meet the conditions of her probation.

Charlie Rogers is a former University of Nebraska-Lincoln basketball player who was convicted of lying to police about being attacked by masked men who carved anti-gay slurs into her skin. She has said she's a lesbian.

A prosecutor told the Lincoln Journal Star (http://bit.ly/1Al3hJi ) Thursday that Rogers' probation officer didn't sign a document that would have waived the 90-day jail term ordered at her April 2013 sentencing. She was immediately required to serve seven days in jail. The terms of her probation included 250 hours of community service and a requirement to get a full-time job.

Chief Deputy County Attorney Pat Condon said Rogers didn't show up as required at 8 a.m. Thursday at Lancaster County Jail. A jailer said Rogers still wasn't in custody there on Friday.

Rogers' lawyer didn't immediately return a call from The Associated Press. The county's chief deputy probation officer has declined to talk about Rogers and her probation problems.

Prosecutors say Rogers reported in July 12, 2012, that the men who attacked her tried to set fire to her home before leaving. A neighbor told police that Rogers crawled from her home naked, bleeding and screaming for help.

Rogers' story quickly fell apart, and prosecutors said she faked the attack because she thought it would inspire change in the treatment of gay people.

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Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, http://www.journalstar.com