Couple Accused of Planting Marijuana on Teacher Indicted

The couple is accused of trying to get their son's teacher arrested because they believed she wasn't properly supervising their son

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    Kent and Jill Easter

    A married couple accused of trying to frame an elementary school parent volunteer by planting marijuana and pills in her car have been indicted by an Orange County Grand Jury.

    The couple, Kent Wycliffe Easter, 38, and Jill Bjorkholm Easter, 39, were indicted Thursday on charges of conspiracy to procure false arrest, false imprisonment and conspiracy to falsely report a crime, prosecutors said.

    Prosecutors say the case dates to 2010, while the unidentified parent volunteer was at the school in Irvine, where Jill and Kent Easter’s son was a student.

    The couple hatched the plot to retaliate against the teacher who they believe was not properly supervising their son, prosecutors said.

    The couple is accused of planting a bag of Vicodin, Percocet, marijuana, and a used marijuana pipe behind the driver’s seat of the woman's unlocked vehicle and then calling police to report she was driving erratically and had drugs, the indictment said.

    "(Kent Easter) is accused of telling the dispatcher that he was a concerned parent who had witnessed an erratic driver park at the elementary school," the Orange County District Attorney's Office said in a statement. "He is accused of claiming to have witnessed Jane Doe, whom he identified by name, hide a bag of drugs behind her driver’s seat in her car."

    The Easters maintained cellphone contact and exchanged text messages during their plot, authorities alleged.

    Jill Easter has written a novel under the name Ava Bjork called "Holding House," about a mixed martial arts fighter hoping to strike it rich by undertaking a kidnapping, according to The Los Angeles Times.

    If convicted, the defendants face a maximum sentence of three years in state prison.

    Both are out of custody on $20,000 bail and are scheduled to be arraigned on Nov. 9.

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