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Neb. woman lied about anti-gay assault, prosecutor says

Over 500 people attended a rally in Lincoln, Neb. on Sunday, July 26, 2012, for a woman who claimed she was assaulted in an anti-gay hate crime; police now say the woman staged the attack.
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(CBS/AP) - A Nebraska woman who claimed that three masked men broke into her home last month, carved anti-gay slurs into her and tried to set her house on fire will be charged with lying to police about the purported attack, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

Investigators say they found no apparent sign of a struggle in the living room where Charlie Rogers, 33, said she was attacked, and an FBI forensic pathologist concluded that Rogers either cut herself, or allowed someone else to do it.

The alleged attack led to a swift response from Lincoln's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, which rallied that weekend outside the state Capitol in Lincoln.

Rogers, a former member of the University of Nebraska's women's basketball team, told police the men broke into her Lincoln house July 22 and attacked her. Rogers, a lesbian, said one man pinned her down while another sliced a cross into her chest, cut the front of her thighs and shins and carved derogatory words in her arms and abdomen. She claimed they then rolled her onto her stomach and cut her buttocks, the back of her thighs and the back of her right calf.

Rogers crawled from her Lincoln home last month naked, bleeding and screaming for help, a neighbor told police.

Police found a pile of clothes, white knit gloves and a red box cutter on the living room floor. Rogers said the gloves did not belong to her, but investigators determined that a lot of the DNA inside them belonged to her.

Lancaster County Attorney Joe Kelly said a judge issued an arrest warrant for Rogers on Tuesday.

No one responded to a message seeking comment left at a phone number listed as Rogers'.

Making false statements to a police officer is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail. Kelly said Rogers will be booked at the Lancaster County Jail.

Four Nebraska gay-rights groups that followed the case released a joint statement Tuesday crediting police for a balanced and thorough investigation.

"It is important not to focus on the actions of any single individual," the groups said in the statement. "As residents of Lincoln we must continue to bring our community together to declare that violence and hate are not the values of our city."

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