Monday, January 30, 2012

'Highly intelligent and manipulative' prison psychologist who pretended to be sexually assaulted is given non-custodial sentence

A follow up to these stories: here and here.

The prison psychologist who phoned in a frantic but phony 911 sexual assault call to persuade her husband that they needed to move to a better neighborhood pleaded out Wednesday to a felony conspiracy charge and was given a non-custodial sentence.

When a false rape accusations is a pathetic cry for help from a troubled woman, we need to acknowledge that fact and advocate that the punishment be molded to fit her circumstance. Many of these cases, where a specific man or boy was not named, cry out for therapeutic help more than a custodial senence.

But when the phony claim is the handiwork of a social deviant whose selfishness undermines the social order, our feminist friends need to admit it. They need to acknowledge the harm such a claim does -- not just to any innocent men and boys who might get in trouble for something they didn't do (and that happens even in cases where no one is named), but to sexual assault victims. Every rape lie diminishes the integrity of every legitimate claim.

It is no answer that false rape claims are rare. When they repeat that spin in false rape report after report after report, it starts to ring hollow. The answer is to work to raise the integrity of rape claims by insisting the false accusers be dealt with as what they are -- criminals. (And by false accusers, I'm not referring to women police have decided not to believe -- I'm talking about cases where there is no reasonable doubt that a lie occurred.)

In this case, Martinez was described in a letter to the court from the police officer who investigated the case as a "highly intelligent and manipulative" woman.

In court, Deputy District Attorney Chris Carlson called Martinez's behavior outrageous. He said it served to undermine the interests of true sexual assault victims.

"One of the more egregious parts of this crime was the false sexual assault allegation, which to me is a black mark against true sexual assault victims," Carlson said. "The Police Department – law enforcement – is not a toy to be casually utilized by people to further their own personal agenda. We've got real victims of crime that need (police) help in cases that are legitimate. To send law enforcement off on wild goose chases like this really is an insult to the community."

Martinez was sentenced to five years formal probation and 180 days on the sheriff's work furlough program, which one court official said translates into electronic monitoring.  She was also ordered to pay $4,463.32 in restitution to help pay for the police investigation into her bogus report.

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