A social media influencer was sentenced to jail for fabricating kidnapping accusations against a couple at an arts and crafts store in Petaluma, California.
Kathleen “Katie” Sorensen, 31, was sentenced on Thursday to 90 days in jail, 60 of which could be carried out on a work-release program. Sorensen was also placed on 12 months of informal probation and will be prohibited from having a social media presence during this time.
CBS News reported, “Along with jail time, the judge ordered Sorensen to 12 months of probation ‘during which time she was ordered to have no social media presence, submit to warrantless search and seizure, to include her electronic devices, complete a 4-hour implicit bias training, as well as various fines and fees.'”
Sonoma County District Attorney Carla Rodriguez said, “Ms. Sorensen has been held accountable for her crime, and we believe the judge handed down a fair sentence. Our hope is that this measure of accountability will help provide some closure to the couple that was falsely accused of having attempted to kidnap two young children.”
In April, Sorensen was convicted on one count of making a false report of a crime.
On Dec. 7, 2020, Sorensen contacted the Petaluma Police Department and…