University of Wyoming police have cited Meg Lanker-Simons for allegedly creating the rape threats she said she received on Facebook last week.
Lanker-Simons accused an anonymous source of posting rape threats on the Facebook page UW Crushes last Wednesday. But a police citation issued Monday claims Lanker-Simons admitted to making the controversial post and then lied about it.
The UW senior told the Star-Tribune that the recent accusations from the police are untrue. She’s retained legal counsel and will enter a not-guilty plea when she is expected to appear in court on May 13.
“I want to hatef--- Meg Lanker- so hard,” the Facebook post said. “That chick that runs her liberal mouth all the time and doesn’t care who knows it. I think its hot and it makes me angry. One night with me and shes gonna be a good Republican b----.”
Lanker-Simons is a well-known blogger and radio host with swarms of fans who were upset about the comment and expressed sympathy to Lanker-Simons last week. The post sparked rape-culture awareness protests on Monday at the university.
The university police contacted Lanker-Simons after the explosion of comments swamped Facebook, Twitter, Lanker-Simons’ blog and officials with the university.
The police obtained a search warrant to search Lanker-Simons’ computer and found “substantial evidence” the threat was created on her computer while it was in her possession, according to a press release from the university.
“This episode has sparked an important discussion reaffirming that the UW community has no tolerance for sexual violence or violence of any type,” UW spokesman Chad Baldwin said in the release. “The fact that the Facebook post apparently was a fabrication does not change the necessity for continued vigilance in assuring that we have a campus where everyone feels safe.”
There are those who believe that Lanker-Simons is innocent. Many are questioning the university police department’s investigation. To do a real investigation it would take months, said Pamela Kandt, co-convener of the Episcopal Women’s Caucus.
“The UW Police Department was faced with a very technologically challenging case,” Kandt said.
After a flood of complaints hit UW last week, the police had a "tremendous amount of pressure to get the results quickly," Kandt said.
Law enforcement had to get information from Facebook and Survey Monkey, the social media outlets used to post the threat anonymously. Kandt said.
“(UW Police) are saying they cracked a case in two days that only the FBI could,” Kandt said.
In the aftermath of the original post and the police department’s allegations that the student posted the threat herself, Lanker-Simons received a “barrage” of death threats, Kandt said.
All of this controversy comes during finals week at UW.