Meg Lanker-Simons,Student, Accused Of Faking Conservative Rape Threat In Facebook Hoax
By Rebecca Klein
University of Wyoming student Meg Lanker-Simons was outraged earlier this month when an anonymous user on the Facebook page “UW Crushes,” described wanting to perform threatening sexual acts with her. Underneath the since-deleted post, she commented that the description was “disgusting, misogynistic, and apparently something the admins of this page think is a perfectly acceptable sentiment,” according to Buzzfeed. Now, police allege that she wrote the original post herself in a social media hoax.
Lanker-Simons, 28, who is an award-winning liberal blogger, was issued a citation Monday for interference and is facing up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $1,000. She is set to appear in court on May 9, according to Wyoming news outlet Laramie Boomerang Online.
Her police citation reads that she “admitted to making a controversial post on UW Crushes webpage and then lied about not doing it.” Here’s the Facebook post police say was written by Lanker-Simons, per The Examiner:
I want to hatef**k Meg Lanker — so hard. That chick that runs her liberal mouth all the time and doesn’t care who knows it. I think its [sic] hot and it makes me angry. One night with me and she’s gonna be a good Republican b**ch.
The post led to a campus protest against “rape culture” and an investigation by university police, radio station KOWB 1290 reports. However, the investigation ultimately led the police to Lanker-Simons.
University police searched the student’s computer pursuant with a search warrant, says an official university statement. Upon the search, “UW police obtained substantial evidence verifying that the offending Facebook post came from Lanker-Simons’ computer, while the computer was in her possession,” reads the statement.
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