Reactions vary in the gay community in the Omaha metro area to Lincoln police findings that Charlie Rogers made up the story about a violent assault. Beth Rigatuso is a member and spokesperson for Heartland Pride and met with Rogers after the incident on July 22nd and says she appeared to be sincere about what happened that night. Rigatuso says she had read the report and has no reason to question the findings of law enforcement but Rodgers still deserves her day in court.
Police were investigating this case as a hate crime. Rogers claims she was attacked inside her home, bound with zip-ties, anti-gay slurs were carved into her skin and the three suspects then tried to set her house on fire.
Rogers is charged with false reporting.