UPDATE: Some question allegations UW student lied about rape threat

2013-04-30T12:30:00Z 2013-05-13T18:34:04Z UPDATE: Some question allegations UW student lied about rape threatBy Kyle Roerink Star-Tribune staff writer Casper Star-Tribune Online

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.


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(13) Comments

  1. Love Me Some Schaudenfreude
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    Love Me Some Schaudenfreude - May 02, 2013 9:18 pm
    Ok, serious question for Meg Lanker-Simons ... Are you going to change your name?

    I really don't think you're going to be able to live this down,

    The ridicule is just gonna be so constant.
  2. supercalifragilistic
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    supercalifragilistic - May 02, 2013 4:06 pm
    That's what I was looking at ... Meg admits it at first then, in turn lies about it.
    That is the socialist-liberal way. Just look at the citation, she probably has an attorney to help conjure up another story to the court. But when facebook.com reveals the truth, that girl may wind up in jail under contempt charges, next.
  3. Love Me Some Schaudenfreude
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    Love Me Some Schaudenfreude - May 02, 2013 2:17 pm
    Tawana Brawley much?
  4. WyoJeff
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    WyoJeff - May 01, 2013 10:19 am
    It is called a double standard and is just how liberals operate most of the time. This is just like how Obama can't comment on the Boston bombing suspects until all the info is in, but in another case can say the Boston PD acted stupidly long before all the info was in.
  5. kay2861
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    kay2861 - May 01, 2013 9:52 am
    As the wife of a conservative man, and the mother of a conservative son, I would like to know: Where is the outrage that this woman, in a blatant attempt to impugn the integrity of conservative men everywhere, sent this disgusting, misogynistic message to HERSELF?!! Liberals should have condemned this immediately, instead all I have seen (see above posts) are liberals excusing her as just being "misguided" and "having emotional problems". This is NOT a person who merely has emotional problems. This is someone with a political agenda, which is to smear and malign conservatives, and who is willing to do anything to sell it! If liberals had an ounce of credibility and integrity themselves, they would not only condemn this action, but question whether or not they want to affiliate themselves with people who think "the ends justify the means" in this way. Wake up, people!!!
  6. Sassy
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    Sassy - May 01, 2013 5:57 am
    Gee the flame thrower is accused of a lie- What a surprize..I guess she needed an ego boost before leaving UW- if she leaves
  7. Sassy
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    Sassy - May 01, 2013 5:48 am
    Gee the flame thrower is accused of a lie- What a surprize..I guess she needed a ago boost before leaving UW- if she leaves
  8. layon
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    layon - April 30, 2013 3:31 pm
    Gee. A leftist feminazi group attempts to prop up the house of cards that is Meg "15 minutes" Lanker.

    No Ms Kandt, it would not take months to see what is on Meg's computer and figure out she fabricated the rape threats herself. Of course I can see how you, Ms Kandt would have a personal dog in the fight. Did you assist "15 minutes" in her endeavors?

    If i were the authorities I would take a very close look at Ms Kandt.
  9. supercalifragilistic
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    supercalifragilistic - April 30, 2013 2:21 pm
    Layon, if I may?
    This is the same "nonsense" she brought to Laramie with unrepentant terrorist Ayers, an Obama confidant. As you can see, this is the same type of radicalism terror Ayers does, she salivates over and apparently lives for.
    They love to present twisted and demented views as the only way. My guess, she's probably become a disciple of B>unrepentant terrorist Ayers.
  10. layon
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    layon - April 30, 2013 1:53 pm
    What a surprise. 15 minutes of fame Lanker fabiricated a rape threat. A socialist lied to get attention to herself and whatever lame leftist dribbel she believes in. The same media starved addict that attatched herself to Balloon Boy ambulance chaser David Lane.

    Who woulda thunk it?
  11. greenrock
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    greenrock - April 30, 2013 1:31 pm
    This doesn't have anything to do with "the left being dishonest" or with "the homosexual agenda". This is a very pathetic and misguided attempt by someone with serious psychological problems to get attention for themselves. There are kooks on both sides of the aisle. Today's nutcase of the day just happens to be liberal, tomorrow's may be conservative, or libertarian, who knows?
  12. supercalifragilistic
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    supercalifragilistic - April 30, 2013 12:58 pm
    Thanks Kyle as Meg's warped sense of humor bit her and as a public liar.
    To all others whom have wanted to scream and call Meg a "Victim", get a life yourselves,.

    And I meant what I said in a "Non politically correct" manner.
    Again, the homosexual agenda reveals itself, through even more lies.
  13. IdrahaJe
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    IdrahaJe - April 30, 2013 12:44 pm
    I sent Meg a note telling her how sorry I was that she had been treated this way. I do not agree with most of what she says, but that was not the issue for me.We'll find out I guess who's telling the truth.

    There is a line, threatening anyone with harm, especially this kind of harm, is NEVER okay. I hope that if someone sent the note that they are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I also hope that if she made it up, that she is prosecuted to the max.

    Originally, I was going to say that she created it, or someone else did, to make the right look bad. If she made this up, it will be one more example of the left being dishonest.
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