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Charlie Rogers sentenced for making up hate crime


By: Rachael Witter

After months, we finally learn the fate of Charlie Rogers, the woman who says she was the victim of a hate crime. Lincoln Police say that's a lie.

Her story made national news, both her accusations and her conviction.

Thursday morning, Charlie Rogers was given 2 years probation and ordered to have a mandatory psychological evaluation for falsely reporting a hate crime. The judge also added 7 days behind bars.

"Considering the judge could've given her up to a year, I think that was on the low end of the spectrum," Roger's attorney Brett McArthur said.

"We're satisfied with the sentence."

On July 22nd, 2012, Rogers says 3 men broke into her house, tied her up and carved anti-gay slurs onto her body.

A month later, Lincoln Police say her story didn't add up and that she fabricated an elaborate hoax.

Rogers has maintained her innocence throughout the whole process.

"I stick up for myself everyday and no matter how much pressure is applied and no matter what the consequences are...I'm not going to be quiet," Rogers said in a November YouTube video.

In addition to the 7 days in jail and 2 years probation, Rogers must do 250 hours of community service.

"Charlie's looking forward to doing the community service and giving something back to the community through volunteer work, which was actually a part of her life before this case came up," McArthur said.

Donations that came in from publicity of the case through the LGBT community will be given back to original donors. If original donors can't be traced, the Lincoln Police Department will be reimbursed for their hundreds of hours of manpower for the investigation.

Rogers' attorney says she is happy the whole thing is behind her now.

"It's been very difficult but she's held up very well she's had an outpouring of support from the community."

Rogers probation goes until April 16, 2015. If she violates her probation she could face another 90 days in jail.

She will be regularly and routinely drug tested, and is required to find full-time employment. She will serve her community service hours with the Lincoln Parks District.

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