Calif. prison psychologist's license suspended

AP News
Posted: Dec 15, 2011 8:32 PM
Calif. prison psychologist's license suspended

The California Board of Psychology has suspended the license of a prison psychologist who is charged with falsely telling police she was sexually assaulted.

The board said an administrative law judge approved the suspension Thursday. Officials are seeking to permanently revoke Laurie Ann Martinez's license.

Martinez, who is 36, is charged with conspiring with a friend to concoct an elaborate plot to persuade police she was sexually assaulted by a stranger in her home. Authorities say she wanted to convince her husband they needed to move to a safer neighborhood.

Defense attorney Michelle Lee Spaulding says Martinez should have been charged with a misdemeanor of filing a false police report instead of felony conspiracy.

Corrections spokeswoman Terry Thornton says the department has taken "appropriate measures" against Martinez.