Ex-psychologist pleads no contest to rape hoax

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1/26/2012 2:00:39 PM - AP News
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A former California prison psychologist accused of staging a home invasion and sexual assault has pleaded no contest to a felony conspiracy charge.Prosecutors say Laurie Ann Martinez committed the elaborate hoax to convince her husband that they need to move to a better neighborhood.Martinez created a scene in her Sacramento home that appeared as if someone ransacked the place and attacked her last April. Police say she split her own lip, had a friend punch her in the face and wet her pants.After her plea Wednesday, the judge sentenced Martinez to five years' probation and 180 days on electronic monitoring. She also must pay more than $4,000 restitution for the police investigation.Martinez has since lost her psychologist license and been fired from the Sacramento state prison.