Skip to comments.Judge: Rogers' hate crime lie 'exploded in her face' (lesbian activist)
Posted on 04/19/2013 6:54:51 PM PDT by markomalley
Charlie Rogers will serve a week in jail and two years on probation for faking the anti-gay hate crime that stunned Lincoln last summer and captured the countrys attention.
Lancaster County Judge Gale Pokorny on Thursday morning also ordered the 34-year-old to do 250 hours of community service for lying to police when she told investigators three men broke into her house, tied her up, carved anti-gay slurs into her skin and tried to light the house on fire.
The evidence is overwhelming that Charlie Rogers narrative of July 22, 2012, was an incredible and outrageous lie the second it passed her lips, Pokorny said.
Rogers will start her jail sentence April 29. She could do another 90 days behind bars in 2015 if she does not complete probation.
Pokorny also ordered her to take a comprehensive psychiatric exam and give her probation officer access to all her medical records.
Rogers, a former Husker basketball star, pleaded no contest in Lancaster County Court in December, a reversal of the not guilty plea she made three months earlier. Pokorny found her guilty of making a false report to police.
Her attorney, Brett McArthur, noted that his client had no previous criminal history and is in counseling, and asked the judge for probation and no jail time.
Later, he said he was happy with the sentence, considering Rogers faced as much as a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Were very pleased with the sentence, McArthur said, adding that Rogers looks forward to fulfilling her court-ordered 250 hours with Lincoln Parks and Recreation and giving back to the community.
Rogers herself, who cried and hugged supporters at the end of the hearing, declined to speak with reporters.
Deputy County Attorney Pat Condon said probation alone would be inappropriate because since her story scared people in Lincoln -- particularly those in its LGBT community -- and cost a lot of time, energy and money.
It does have an effect on the community, he said
Pokorny agreed, saying Rogers damaged the cause of gay rights she had said she tried to help by staging the attack.
It exploded in her face," the judge said. "Ms. Rogers has single-handedly managed to do a disservice to her cause of enormous proportion.
For a long, long time to come, when a gay makes a legitimate complaint about unequal treatment or discrimination, theres going to be a knee-jerk reaction among many: Yeah, well Charlie Rogers said the same thing.
Her horrific, kick-in-the-face accusations and decision to plead no contest and avoid trial denies Lincoln closure, Pokorny said.
It doesn't give Lincolns citizens any chance to see for themselves, to evaluate, to reach their own conclusion as to what really happened. The people who came out on those dark July nights to hold a candle in one hand and their childs hand in the other deserve a better explanation.
Then, the judge laid out the backbone of what he thought the prosecutions case would have been had Rogers gone to trial.
Experts found no trace of blood on her neatly made bed, even though she said her attackers bound, cut and pinned her down on it, Pokorny said. Photographs taken the day after Rogers reported the attack show her wounds oozing blood, he said.
I was kicking, wrestling, punching trying to get up, Pokorny said she told police. I was fighting the whole time.
A forensic pathologist concluded Rogers cut herself, saying an attacker struggling with a victim could not have spent the time or care to make the short, superficial, uniform cuts.
The cuts were all in areas accessible to Rogers and avoided sensitive body parts, the pathologist said. And the anti-gay slurs were written from her perspective, not an attackers.
A police investigator discovered that the white knit gloves, zip ties and utility knife used in the attack were purchased July 17 at ACE Hardware on 27th Street. During one of four interviews, Rogers said she regularly shops at the store to buy supplies for her lawn-mowing business.
The employee who sold the items identified Rogers from a photo lineup as the customer who bought them. Rogers said the gloves were not hers, but investigators found her DNA inside them.
She maintained her innocence after she pleaded no contest in December, and Pokorny found her guilty. McArthur declined to comment on whether, four months later, she is sticking to her version of events.
We need that to be a closed subject, he said.
Pokorny praised Lincoln police for working the case well after tensions spiked in the wake of the reported attack, all in the limelight of national media.
Lincoln should be proud of the women and men of its police force who quietly navigated a minefield of political correctness, endured Ms. Rogers vitriol, repeatedly gave her the benefit of a doubt at every twist and turn in a long road of contradictory versions, and then when the inevitable led them to the inevitable, professionally assembled the case.
The judge ordered Rogers to return money she got from donors after she reported the attack. If a donor can't be found, the money will go to Lincoln police toward the cost of the investigation. Any cash thats left after that will go to the departments Santa Cop charity.
McArthur said neither he nor Rogers had access to money but said her former lawyer Meg Mikolajczyk controls it.
Mikolajczyk said she's more than willing to follow the judge's orders if she's needed, but stressed she's no longer Rogers' attorney.
She declined to say how much people donated.
Pokorny also ordered Rogers to get a legitimate, full-time job, not mow her friends' lawns while taking money from her parents."
It is time to give up this Peter Pan existence, he wrote in his sentencing order, adding that Rogers, a high school valedictorian and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who earned a 3.7 GPA, shouldnt have a problem finding work.
Now, he said, Lincoln residents can feel safe and know that masked men did not break into a lesbian woman's home and brutally attack her.
Lincoln can breathe a collective sigh of relief. This is not a community where masked nor hooded men secretly meet to come out of the dark to terrorize and burn out those who might be different from themselves.
Leftism is a mental disease.
Reading a few of the details, it sounds like this particular specimen’s IQ fell somewhere in the left side of the bell curve.
Boy, a whole week of jail time for lying to the police. When will these freaks be held accountable like the rest of us would be?
Uh, Judge, I think she WILL have a problem finding work (unless she relocates to Miami, NYC or SF;)
so, hundreds of thousands of dollars wasted and she gets a week in jail?
A week after a reported campus hate crime drew national attention, sparked protests and shut down the prestigious Claremont Colleges, police on Wednesday called the incident a hoax staged by a professor who slashed tires, shattered windows and spray-painted racist graffiti on her own car.
Claremont McKenna College psychology professor Kerri Dunn, who had told police that her car was vandalized as she spoke at a March 9 forum on racism, was identified by two eyewitnesses as the person who damaged the auto, authorities said Wednesday.
Professor Kerri Dunn vandalized her own car and then led "Stop The Hate" rallies on campus.
Great - she has "supporters" - they must be some real intellectual giants.
“exploded in her face”
No, no, no, no, no. I don’t care how easy it would be, I’m not going there...
I can just imagine what her “counseling” will consist of. Will at any point will she be required to admit to herself that what she did was wrong on many levels, or will she just be “affirmed” in her “specialness”?
Only a week? It should get the same penalty that a normal person would if one had actually committed the crime.
Fixed it for you.
this isbs. she should serve years in jail. for all the crimes and hate she has trying to target people she hates with lies and a conspiracy she concocted out of nothing.
judge can go to hell.
Some can deal with it and function, and others are totally consumed by it.
And the anti-gay slurs were written from her perspective, not an attackers.
This might be a copy-cat case. I’d bet Up-Chuck was having financial problems. Perhaps foreclosure or she/he thought it was imminent.
A couple of years ago a lesbian and her squeeze in Tacoma, Washington did the same thing except the house burned up real good. Like Up-Chuckie, they claimed a bunch of racist, bigoted, homophobes assaulted them and torched their house.
Reality was they did it for the notoriety and insurance fraud. Both were convicted. As should. But, the lib’s that run the show out here buried all talk about those two. Seems like it is a common occurrence nowadays.
I think our government is close to doing the same thing.
Yes, the punishment should be much more severe.