Hate Crime Reclassified as False Report
The Lincoln Police Department has arrested thirty-three year old Charlie K. Rogers for False Reporting. On July 22, 2012, she reported that three masked men broke into her home. She claimed that the suspects assaulted her by cutting words into her skin. They bound her and spray painted hateful words on the walls of her home before setting it on fire. The incident was classified and aggressively investigated as a hate crime. The Federal Bureau of Investigations and Bureau of Fire Prevention assisted with the investigation.
These were serious allegations that garnered national attention and spread fear among local citizens. A great deal of time and resources were spent investigating Charlie Rogers' claims in hopes of identifying and arresting the three suspects in this case. Experts in the field were consulted in order to leverage all expertise in the investigation. As the investigation progressed and additional interviews were completed, the department received results from forensic analysts and experts making it apparent that the physical evidence conflicted with Charlie Rogers' version of events. This extensive investigation revealed numerous inconsistencies, including:
After reviewing facts, statements and evidence in the case, the Lancaster County Attorney's Office issued an arrest warrant for Charlie Rogers. She met with investigators at 12:30 p.m. on August 21, 2012 and was subsequently arrested.
Roughly 120,000 cases are investigated by the Lincoln Police Department each year. A relatively small fraction is later determined to be false. This case will not impact our trust of crime victims. Criminal incidents, especially hate crimes, are unique and viewed as such. We do not want crime victims to hesitate reporting in the future.
False Reporting [28-907] is a Class I Misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of not more than one year imprisonment, or one thousand dollars fine, or both. There is no minimum penalty.