Kathleen “Katie” Sorensen, a white woman from California who presented herself as a “mom influencer” on social media, has been sentenced to three months in prison after falsely accusing a Latino couple of attempting to abduct her children.
A jury in Sonoma County found Sorensen, aged 30, guilty in April of knowingly making a false report of a crime.
The case revolved around a social media post she published in December 2020, where she claimed that a man and a woman had tried to steal her two children in the parking lot of a Michaels craft store located approximately 40 miles (65km) outside of San Francisco .
Authorities thoroughly examined the case and determined that both the couple were accused by Sorensen and the surveillance video from the store strongly contradicted the narrative she had provided.
As a result, Judge Laura Passaglia imposed a 90-day prison sentence on Sorensen, with the possibility of serving two months through a work release program, as stated by the local district attorney‘s office in a released statement.
In addition to the prison sentence, Judge Laura Passaglia issued several other directives to Sorensen.
These included instructing her to refrain from engaging in any social media activity, consenting to having her electronic devices searched and confiscated without a warrant, undergoing four hours of implicit bias training, and paying various fines and fees.
Carla Rodriguez, the District Attorney, expressed satisfaction with the verdict and the subsequent prison sentence, stating that it holds Sorensen accountable for her false accusations and the crime she committed.
“Our hope is that this measure … will help provide some closure to the couple who was falsely accused