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Hate-crime hoaxer a no-show for jail sentence

Hate-crime hoaxer a no-show for jail sentence

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After failing probation, Charlie Rogers didn’t show up for her 90-day jail sentence Thursday.

Rogers, 36, was sentenced to a week in jail and two years’ probation in April 2013 for faking an anti-gay hate crime that stunned Lincoln and captured the country’s attention the summer before.

Rogers, a lesbian and former Nebraska basketball star, lied to police when she told them three men broke into her house on July 22, 2012, tied her up, carved anti-gay slurs into her skin and tried to light the house on fire.

Lancaster County Court Judge Gale Pokorny, who has since retired, made Rogers serve a week in jail in spring 2013, and ordered an additional 90-day sentence if she didn’t complete her probation.

If she had, Rogers’ probation officer would have signed a document waiving the sentence and letting her finish the last three months of probation, but he didn’t do that, said Chief Deputy County Attorney Pat Condon.

So Rogers was scheduled to show up for jail at 8 a.m. Thursday, Condon said.

She did not appear, Lancaster County jail staff confirmed.

Pokorny, in his probation order, told Rogers to:

* Do 250 hours of community service with Lincoln Parks & Recreation;

* Undergo psychiatric examination;

* Give her probation officer complete access to doctors and therapists treating her;

* Get a full-time job.

The judge noted that Rogers received $2,700 from her parents for living expenses in June 2012, while she spent her time mowing her friends' lawns. 

Rogers was a high school valedictorian and a University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate with a 3.7 GPA, Pokorny said. She shouldn’t have a hard time getting a “legitimate” full-time job.

“It is time to give up this ‘Peter Pan existence,'” Pokorny said.

On Thursday, Condon said he didn’t know why she didn't show up, and he plans to talk with Brett McArthur, the lawyer who represented her in 2013, to figure out what’s going on.

McArthur did not return several calls Thursday afternoon.

Tim Perry, the county's chief deputy probation officer, declined to talk about the specific reasons Rogers failed her probation.

Court records show that, at the end of 2013, Rogers had done less than 10 percent of the 250 community service hours she needed to finish during her probation.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7395 or jedwards@journalstar.com. On Twitter @LJSEdwards.

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