Tuesday Dec 13 2011
New Folsom Prison psychologist Laurie Martinez allegedly faked rape, facing conspiracy charges
By: Laura Newell, Telegraph Staff Writer
Psychologist allegedly staged rape in April; wanted to force residential move
Prison officials confirmed Friday a New Folsom Prison psychologist has been placed on “administrative time off” as a result of the criminal charges she’s facing. According to authorities, officers arrested Laurie Ann Martinez, a licensed psychologist for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation at California State Prison-Sacramento in Folsom, on suspicion of two counts of criminal conspiracy. Her next court date is Dec. 19. Martinez, a senior psychologist supervisor, oversaw a team of clinicians who treat inmates with mental health issues at the prison. Police are alleging that Martinez staged a fake rape in April. Police found Martinez, 36, in hysterics lying on the floor of her Sacramento home. The police were responding to a 911 call. According to officials, her shirt was ripped open, her lip split and her knuckles scraped. She told officers she had come home to find a “strange man who knocked her unconscious, raped her and robbed her.” Police allege the event was staged by Martinez to persuade her husband to move to another neighborhood. According to reports, court documents show police detectives and the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office are alleging Martinez, with the help of friend Nicole April Snyder, staged the entire scene. According to the documents, Martinez used sandpaper to scuff up her hands and a pin to cut her lip. She reportedly ripped open her shirt to expose her breasts and urinated on herself to convince officers she had been knocked out, officials said. Snyder, 33, used boxing gloves, purchased at the direction of Martinez, to rough up her friend’s face, according to the documents. Martinez allegedly hid items in her own home so she could claim they had been stolen, including two laptop computers, her purse and an Xbox, according to reports. If convicted, each defendant faces up to three years in prison, according to District Attorney officials.