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Prison Shrink Accused of Faking Rape

Calif. woman sought move to better nabe, police say
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 10, 2011 3:26 PM CST
California Prison Psychologist Faked Rape: Police
This photo provided by the Sacramento Police Dept. shows Laurie Ann Martinez.   (AP Photo/Sacramento Police Dept.)

(Newser) – A Sacramento prison psychologist faked her own rape in the hope her husband would move them to a safer neighborhood, authorities say. Laurie Ann Martinez even allegedly cut her lip with a pin, had a friend punch her with boxing gloves, and peed her pants to make the attack seem real. Police worked hard on her case until a prison co-worker said Martinez had talked about faking a sexual assault, the AP reports.

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Police say Martinez and a friend not only staged the attack, but stole computers, credit cards, and other items from Martinez's home to fake a burglary. Both of them now face conspiracy charges and up to 3 years in prison. "If all you wanted to do is move, there's other ways than staging a burglary and rape," a police sergeant says. Martinez's husband apparently agreed: The two filed for divorce just 6 weeks after the April incident. (Read more rape stories.)

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