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Irvine Couple Charged With Planting Drugs In School Volunteer's Car

Husband and wife are accused of putting Vicodin, Percocet, marijuana, and a used marijuana pipe in the vehicle.

An Irvine couple was arrested Tuesday for allegedly trying to get an elementary school parent volunteer arrested by planting drugs in her car.

Kent Wycliffe Easter, 38, and Jill Bjorkholm Easter, 38, are charged with conspiring to get the volunteer arrested and jailed. They are also accused of conspiring to file a fake crime report.

The husband and wife, both attorneys, were taken into custody Tuesday by the Irvine Police Department on $20,000 bail.

According to the Orange County District Attorney's office, in 2010 Jill Easter became angry with a parent volunteer at the elementary school in Irvine where her son was a student. Jill Easter believed the volunteer was not properly supervising the Easters' son, according to the OCDA.

In the early hours of Feb. 16, 2011, the OCDA alleges that intending to retaliate against the volunteer, Kent Easter drove to her home and planted a bag of Vicodin, Percocet, marijuana, and a used marijuana pipe behind the driver's seat of her unlocked vehicle.

According to the OCDA, Kent Easter intentionally left the drugs in plain sight. As he drove to and from the volunteer's home, the Easters were allegedly in constant phone and text message contact, police said.

Kent Easter called the Irvine Police Department that afternoon, and under a fake name and number told a dispatcher that he had seen erratic driver park at the elementary school, according to police.

He said he saw the volunteer, who he named, hide a bag of drugs behind her driver's seat in her car, according to the OCDA. He also described the volunteer's car to the dispatcher, including its license plate number.

According to the OCDA, the Easters called and texted each other immediately before and after Kent Easter called the police.

Irvine police officers responded to Kent Easter's call and found the bag of drugs in the volunteer's vehicle. The volunteer, who was detained by police for about two hours, said that the drugs did not belong to her and she did not know how they ended up in her car. She agreed to a search of her home, which did not turn up any evidence of drug use or possession, polie said.

Once police discovered the volunteer had been in a classroom at the time Kent Easter claimed to have seen her hide drugs in her car, they began investigating whether the drugs had been planted.

The investigation led to the Easters, including surveillance video of Kent Easter from a Newport Beach hotel near where he worked, from which police allege he placed the Feb. 16 call to police.

The Easters were arrested on $20,000 bail. If convicted, they face a maximum sentence of three years in state prison.

Young MC June 19, 2012 at 08:20 PM
I'm curious: at what school did this take place and why would a volunteer be in charge of a student? During a field trip?
Gavin Putland June 20, 2012 at 01:12 AM
The offenders, being lawyers, would have known that their victim would have to prove that the drugs were planted. Only their incompetence enabled her to do so. Otherwise she would have been wrongly convicted. This obvious risk of wrongful conviction clearly contravenes the U.S. Constitution's prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment. Moreover, we are under a "government of laws", not a "government of men". If someone can plant drugs among your belongings, and if you are then required to prove that the drugs are not yours (which you usually can't), then you are under a government of men - namely those who are willing to plant evidence. Therefore the reverse onus of proof cannot be valid in any jurisdiction. So, if you are on the jury in a drug case, and if you are told that the defendant must prove that his/her possession was unwitting, it is your civic duty to put the onus of proof back where it belongs (on the prosecution), raise it to the proper standard (beyond reasonable doubt), and hand down a verdict accordingly. More: http://is.gd/retstrat .
M June 20, 2012 at 01:39 PM
@mc teachers can take/ask for parent volunteers on fied trips to help with supervision. I bet though there's more to Jill Easter disliking this parent volunteer not just because of this field trip.
Robert A June 22, 2012 at 09:27 AM
How similar this case is to the case a few year's back when a teacher at Sunny Hills HS was accused when his ex-wife and a boyfriend planted marijuana and a firearm in his car. The police had no reason to believe the young man, but the case still unraveled after a few days. Not very bright here. Their law licenses are mostly likely history, but at most they might do a brief jail sentence, more likely just probation. Too idiotic to be dangerous.
Nick July 18, 2012 at 02:54 AM
Why do they let into law school these days??

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