NorCal Prison Psychologist Pleads No Contest To Staging Sex Assault

ROSEVILLE, Placer County  (CBS SF) – A psychologist formerly employed at New Folsom Prison pleaded no contest Wednesday to conspiracy for reporting a staged sexual assault at her Sacramento home.

Laurie Ann Martinez, 36, was sentenced to 180 days in jail and five years probation for working with a friend, 33-year-old Nicole Snyder, to fake a home invasion and rape in order to convince Martinez’s husband to move out of the neighborhood.

Snyder took electronics from Martinez’s home and punched the other woman with boxing gloves to create facial injuries, and Martinez ripped her clothing in hopes of convincing authorities she was sexually assaulted, investigators said. Martinez also scraped her knuckles with sandpaper and split open her own lip with a pin.

Snyder was sentenced to three years probation and 90 days of community service.

Martinez is no longer employed as a psychologist at California State Prison – Sacramento, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Martinez’s husband filed for divorce six weeks after she filed the fake assault report.

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  • rs

    wow those are really drastic measures to go to just to convince your husband to move. what a psycho.

  • s.f. peaches

    Please check the accuracy of this report. An Associated Press story says Dr. Martinez was sentenced to five years probation and one hundred eighty days of electronic monitoring, not jail time.

  • Neil B Fisher

    I don’t mean to sound confused but it seem to me that her intent was to make it appear that her then husband committed a sexual assault upon her but once it appeared that it was not going to hold water she turned it into a much less of a crime agaist her husband I can’t believe that the DA even believed her very suspecious reason of what she did to make him want to leave the house? it sounds like the age old setting up the guy to take a very hsrd fall, it smells very fishy to me what do you all think?

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