By: Ashley Harding
In July, Rogers told police she was attacked in her home because of her sexual orientation. In August, she was arrested. In the YouTube video posted on Tuesday, Rogers sticks to her story and shares her criticism of Lincoln police. Police say they know about the video, but have declined to comment because this is a criminal investigation and there could soon be an impending trial. They also say it's a matter for the county attorney.
In graphic detail, 34–year old Charlie Rogers tells her side of the story, what she says happened to her on the night of July 22nd. That's the night she says three masked men broke into her house, tied her up with zip ties, carved anti–gay slurs into her skin, vandalized her home, and tried to set it on fire.
"I got out of my house. I was naked and I was cut. I broke through my fence and went to my neighbor's house," said Rogers. It wasn't long before police said the evidence just didn't add up. They say Rogers' DNA was found inside a pair of gloves supposedly left behind by her attackers. Police say she purchased the gloves along with a box cutter and zip ties a few days before. They also say there was no blood on the bedspread where she says she was cut. There were also problems with the cuts themselves. Investigators say she made them herself or she allowed someone else to do it for her. A month after the alleged crime, Rogers was arrested for false reporting. In her YouTube post, she says she was treated like a suspect from the beginning. She also says police did not secure the crime scene.
"It was a 4 hour interview. It was not an interview, it was a 4 hour interrogation. I'm sure evidence was lost. I'm sure things were trampled on. I'm sure things were lost," said Rogers.
Rogers admits she suffers from depression, anxiety, and post traumatic stress disorder. However, maintains her innocence. She says her attackers are still out there.
"I won't say I did it then. I won't say I did it now. I did not do this. I am innocent," said Rogers.
Rogers is scheduled to appear in court next week. It's possible her case could go to trial. If she's convicted, she could spend up to one year behind bars.
You can click on this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFFiOf65dyA if you would like to watch the entire YouTube video.