SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento police responded to a 911 call from the Martinez home last April and found Laurie Ann Martinez lying on the floor, crying hysterically.
Her shirt was ripped open, her lip split, her knuckles scraped. She told officers she had come home to find a strange man who knocked her unconscious, raped her and robbed her. She went with them to the hospital for an evidentiary exam.
It was, police allege, all a lie -- one concocted to persuade her husband to move to another neighborhood.
On Dec. 5, officers arrested the 36-year-old Martinez -- a licensed psychologist for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation -- on suspicion of two counts of criminal conspiracy, according to authorities.
In court documents, police detectives and the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office allege that Martinez, with the help of friend Nicole Snyder, staged the entire scene.
Martinez used sandpaper to scuff up her hands, a pin to cut her lip, they allege. She reportedly ripped open her shirt to expose her breasts and urinated on herself to convince officers she had been knocked out.
Snyder, now 33, used boxing gloves, purchased at the direction of Martinez, to rough up her friend's face, according to the documents. And then she hid in her own home items that Martinez would later tell police had been stolen, including two laptop computers, her purse and an Xbox, the documents state.
Efforts to reach Martinez, who was released on $50,000 bail, were unsuccessful. She is scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 12.
David Martinez, who court records indicate is divorcing his wife, declined to comment.
As a "senior psychologist, supervisor," Laurie Martinez oversees a team of clinicians who treat inmates with mental health issues at California State Prison, Sacramento, formerly called New Folsom Prison. Though she technically remains assigned there, she was "redirected" to headquarters -- where she no longer has contact with inmates -- pending the outcome of the criminal investigation, said California prisons' spokeswoman Terry Thornton.
On Nov. 30, the DA's office filed two felony counts each against Martinez and Snyder alleging conspiracy to commit crime and conspiracy to commit "any act injurious to the public health, to public morals, or to pervert or obstruct justice, or the due administration of laws."
If convicted, each defendant faces three years in prison, the DA's office said.
The criminal complaint states that the charges stem from a false report to police April 10.
Shortly after 2 p.m. that day, Martinez called 911 to report a home-invasion robbery and sexual assault in Sacramento's Northgate neighborhood, according to a request for an arrest warrant written by Detective Joyce Thorgrimson.
Police investigated the crime as such until April 21, when internal affairs detectives called to say a co-worker of Martinez's claimed that Martinez had faked the ordeal, Thorgrimson wrote.
Two co-workers interviewed separately by police said Martinez had made comments that she couldn't get her husband to move to a "safer, more desirable neighborhood," so she was thinking of staging a crime at the house, the detective wrote.
In separate interviews May 4, detectives spoke to Snyder and Martinez, both of whom admitted the scheme, Thorgrimson wrote. Martinez also reportedly admitted the motive.
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