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Ex-psychologist sentenced in staged rape

SACRAMENTO - A former California prison psychologist accused of staging a home invasion and sexual assault pleaded no contest to a felony conspiracy charge.

Prosecutors say Laurie Ann Martinez, 36, of Sacramento committed the elaborate hoax to persuade her husband that they needed to move.

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In Sacramento County Superior Court on Wednesday, Martinez was sentenced to five years of probation and 180 days of electronic monitoring. She was also ordered to pay more than $4,000 in restitution for the police investigation.

Martinez made a frantic 911 call last April after she created a scene in her home that appeared as if someone ransacked the place and attacked her. She split her own lip and had a friend, Nicole Snyder, 33, wear boxing gloves to punch her in the face, police said.

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According to the criminal complaint, Martinez rubbed sandpaper on her knuckles, ripped her blouse off to expose her top, dropped her pants to her ankles, and “urinated on herself to make officers believe she had lost consciousness,’’ the Sacramento Bee reported.

The women also removed two laptop computers, credit cards, a video game console, purse, and camera from Martinez’s home and hid them, according to the complaint.

Snyder, who cooperated with the investigation, pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor and was sentenced Wednesday to three years of probation. She was also ordered to do community service and pay restitution.

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Prosecutors called Martinez’s behavior outrageous, saying it undermined the interests of true sexual assault victims.

Martinez’s attorney, Michelle Spaulding, said her client is “glad this is over and she would like to get her life back together.’’

Martinez has since lost her psychologist license and was fired from the Sacramento state prison in December.

Online court records show that her husband filed for divorce a month after she filed the false report, according to the Sacramento Bee.

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