Laurie Ann Martinez, a prison psychologist, has been arrested in Sacramento, California in a bizarre alleged hoax where she staged a rape by splitting her own lip with a pin, scraping her knuckles on sandpaper, ripping her clothing, and having a friend punch her in the face. The reason? According to police, it was to convince her husband to move to a safer neighborhood.
The friend was also charged for her role in filing a false police report of a rape and burglary. The friend and two co-workers later admitted that the rape was staged.
Martinez, 36, is a psychologist for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. She told police that she found a man burglarizing her home and was raped. Various computers, games and valuable were also taken, according to her statement to the police. Those items were actually at her friend’s house, Nicole April Snyder.
Snyder, 33, is charged with the same conspiracy counts, and a warrant has been issued for her arrest.
What is most interesting about this bizarre crime is that Martinez was arrested after co-workers went to police to tell them that she had been talking at work about faking a crime at her home. Exactly how stupid is that? You fake a burglary and rape. The police spend hundreds of hours searching for the culprit and you then go to law enforcement facility to brag about your elaborate and felonious hoax. The first thing she should do upon admission is to see the prison psychologist.
What is also striking is that she was able to get another supposed adult to go along with this dubious plan, even going with her to buy the boxing gloves needed to bruise her up.
It appears, however, that she may get her wish and have her husband move out of the home. He filed for divorce six weeks after the April 10 incident. For her part, she is likely to be moving to a rather bad neighborhood if sentenced to jail time, which would appear likely if convicted. As someone associated with the criminal justice system, a court is likely to be rather unforgiving in sentencing.
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