The lengths Laurie Ann Martinez went to to prove she was raped earlier this year are beyond me. Authorities say she split her own lip with a pin, scraped her knuckles with sandpaper, had her friend punch her in the face, ripped open her own blouse, wet her pants to give the appearance she had been knocked unconscious, and then blamed it all on the likely culprit, a black man. Why? To convince her husband they should move to a safer neighborhood.
The ploy didn’t work, though, and for two reasons. One, the couple filed for divorce six weeks after the April 10 incident, according to court records. Two, Martinez has been arrested and arraigned on two felony counts of conspiracy.
There is one glimmer of hope for the 36-year-old, she still has her job as a prison psychologist for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation “for the moment,” her lawyer, Michelle Spaulding said.
Martinez didn’t enter a plea before a Sacramento Superior Court judge Monday and she was released on a $50,000 bond, but I don’t suppose she should get too comfy. I doubt a jury will take her stunt lightly and it’s likely she will be the one undergoing a psych eval soon.
“If all you wanted to do is move, there’s other ways than staging a burglary and rape,” said Sacramento police Sgt. Andrew Pettit. “She went to great lengths to make this appear real.”
Martinez may get her wish to move afterall, it will just be behind bars. What do you think would be the appropriate punishment for Martinez?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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