Prison psychologist arraigned in faked rape case

6:35 PM, Dec 12, 2011   |    comments
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Laurie Martinez

SACRAMENTO, CA - An attorney representing the prison psychologist charged with staging a rape and robbery in her home said there's more to the story than has been reported.

Laurie Martinez, 36, did not enter a plea Monday during a brief court appearance on two felony conspiracy charges and will return to court Dec. 19.

Martinez' attorney, Michelle Spaulding, made a brief statement outside the courtroom suggesting she may offer evidence or testimony to better explain what happened at Martinez's home last April 10.

"Laurie has been very compassionate to others in difficult times and we just trust that others will show her the same compassion as we wait for all the facts to come in," Spaulding said. "There's definitely more to this story. That's all I can say at this point."

According to the police report that led to the felony complaint, Martinez, a supervising psychologist at California State Prison, Sacramento, called 911 to say she'd been raped by an African American man she discovered in the kitchen of her Northgate-area home.

The hoax was revealed by a prison colleague, who heard Martinez describe the plan.

Martinez later admitted scuffing her hands with sandpaper and cutting her lip with a pin. She tore her clothing, urinated on herself, and had a friend beat her up with boxing gloves, according to the police report.

The friend, Nicole April Snyder, 33, surrendered Monday to face the same felony charges. Both women are free on $50,000 bail.

Martinez told detectives she fabricated the rape and robbery story to convince her husband to move to a better neighborhood. 

The couple has since split and Martinez lives in a gated community in Roseville, according to the arrest warrant.

Martinez continues working in her $102,000 per year job with the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, although  CDCR spokeswoman Terry Thornton said Martinez is no longer at the prison and has no direct contact with patients.

Thornton said Martinez' employment status would be reviewed after a final report was received.

By George Warren,


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