Former Husker Basketball Player Reveals Herself as Hate Crime Victim

Last weekend, a Lincoln woman reported an assault in her own home in the early morning hours. Three masked men invaded her home, bound her with zip ties, carved homophobic slurs into her skin, and attempted to set the house on fire. She managed to break free, and ran to a neighbor's house naked and bleeding. Police currently have no suspects, and cannot rule out the possibility the attack was a hoax.

The story has drawn national attention as well as candlelight vigils in both Omaha and Lincoln this week. Tonight, we now have a face and a name for the victim. KETV-Channel 7 in Omaha reveals that she's a former Nebraska women's basketball player: Charlie Rogers.

Rogers played for the Huskers from 1996 to 2000 and was a four-time academic all-Big XII selection and scored 1,001 points in her Nebraska career.

Lincoln police and the FBI continue to investigate though there are no suspects and no leads.

August 21, 2010 Update:

Rogers has been arrested on suspicion of filing a false report in this case. Police believe the evidence shows the assault was self-inflicted, and that Rogers posted online that she wanted to be a catalyst for change days before the alleged attack.

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