A married couple is being accused of attempting to frame an elementary school parent volunteer by planting marijuana and pills in her car. The couple has been indicted by an Orange County Grand Jury.
According to NBC News, on Thursday, Kent Wycliffe Easter, 38, and Jill Bjorkholm Easter, 39, were indicted on charges of conspiracy to procure false arrest, false imprisonment and conspiracy to falsely report a crime, said prosecutors.
Prosecutors say the case dates back to 2010, when the unidentified parent volunteer was at the school in Irvine, where Jill and Kent Easter’s son was a student.
The couple came up with the plot as a way 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, as well as a used marijuana pipe behind the driver’s seat of the woman’s unlocked vehicle. After planting the items, the couple then called police to report that 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 couple also maintained cellphone contact and exchanged text messages while trying to pull off their plot, police have alleged.
Both are out of custody on $20,000 bail and are scheduled to be arraigned on Nov. 9.
If convicted, the couple can face a maximum sentence of three years in state prison.