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article imagePrison psychologist fakes rape because she wanted to move

By Leigh Goessl     Dec 10, 2011 in Odd News
Sacramento - A prison psychologist allegedly gave herself a split lip, had a friend punch her in the face, scraped her knuckles with sandpaper, tore her clothing and wet her pants to give the facade she'd been unconscious.
Authorities allege the 36-year-old California woman committed these acts as part of an elaborate hoax.
The reason for the ruse was purported to be due to the fact the woman wanted to move out of her home and into another neighborhood. In order to convince her husband it was time to move, she wanted it to appear she'd been raped in the couple's home.
According to the Associated Press (via Yahoo News), the Sacramento County District Attorney's office charged Laurie Ann Martinez with two felony counts of criminal conspiracy.
As a part of Martinez's alleged scheme, she claimed she had been beaten, robbed and raped by a stranger who had entered her home and was standing in the kitchen when she came home.
"As she tried to run away, the suspect grabbed her and hit her in the face," court records say in describing what she told police. "She lost consciousness and then when she awoke she found her pants and underwear pulled down to her ankles."
When police arrived on the scene she was crying, described as being “very upset" with "tears, very, very believable.”
Fox News 40 reported, “She said that she was there with her small child and the suspect assaulted her and then fled out of the side of the house,” said Sgt. Andrew Pettit with the Sacramento Police Department.
In addition to the claimed assault, a robbery was also said to have occurred. Computers, an Xbox console, camera, purse and credit cards had been taken, Martinez said.
A friend of hers purportedly helped facilitate the hoax by punching Martinez in the face and subsequently took the purportedly stolen possessions to her own home. The woman who allegedly aided Martinez in her ruse has been named as Nicole April Snyder, 33. Snyder is also being charged in connection with this incident with the same conspiracy counts; a warrant is out for her arrest.
This investigation was lengthy, AP reported "hundreds of hours" were spent on the case, until co-workers of Martinez came forward and shared what they'd heard Martinez talking about at work in connection with faking a crime to convince her husband to move out of their dwelling.
"If all you wanted to do is move, there's other ways than staging a burglary and rape," said Sgt. Pettit. "She went to great lengths to make this appear real."
Martinez is a supervisory position in her job at the California State Prison, Sacramento, the location where a riot broke out this week, as reported by Digital Journal.
Reportedly Martinez has not been in contact with any prisoners since May when the investigation commenced. Terry Thornton, a corrections spokesperson told news outlets an internal investigation is ongoing.
"She is and has been working under direct supervision, she has no contact with patients, and her current work is not directly related to patient care," Thornton wrote in an email to The Sacramento Bee.
Martinez's husband filed for divorce six weeks after the April incident, and confirmed to Fox 40 his wife has moved out of their home. No other comment has been given.
Martinez was arrested earlier this week and was freed on $50,000 bond, she is due to appear in court on Monday.
Each woman faces up to three years prison time if convicted.
"It doesn't sit well for other women who really are victims, crying wolf," Pettit said.
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