Sacto 9-1-1
December 12, 2011
Prison psychologist arraigned for alleged faked assault

By Hudson Sangree

A prison psychologist accused of faking a sexual assault and robbery at her former Northgate home was arraigned Monday on two felony charges of conspiracy.

Laurie Ann Martinez did not enter a plea before Sacramento Superior Court Judge Gary Ransom, said her lawyer Michelle Spaulding. The hearing was continued.

Spaulding told The Bee that Martinez did not claim she was raped, as has been reported. "She repeatedly said in the police report, 'I do not think I was raped,'" the lawyer said.

Martinez is still employed by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation "for the moment," Spaulding said.

She is a senior supervising psychologist at California State Prison, Sacramento, but a spokesperson said Martinez was moved to department headquarters in May after allegations of the false report emerged.

The conspiracy charges, filed Nov. 30, stem from a police report Martinez made April 10.

Sacramento police and prosecutors allege that, with the help of friend Nicole April Snyder, Martinez injured herself and hid personal belongings before calling police to report that she had been raped and robbed.

She did it to persuade her husband to move to another neighborhood, police and prosecutors say.

The couple are divorcing and Martinez has moved to a different neighborhood, her lawyer said.

Martinez was arrested last week and is free on bail.

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