For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
HUSBAND AND WIFE CHARGED WITH CONSPIRACY TO HAVE SCHOOL VOLUNTEER FALSELY IMPRISONED BY PLANTING DRUGS IN HER CAR
*Both defendants are attorneys
IRVINE – A husband and wife, both attorneys, have been arrested and charged with conspiring to have an elementary school parent volunteer arrested and imprisoned by planting drugs in her car. Kent Wycliffe Easter, 38, and Jill Bjorkholm Easter, 38, both of Irvine, were arrested today, June 19, 2012, by the Irvine Police Department (IPD) and are charged with one felony count each of conspiracy to procure the false arrest and charging of Jane Doe, false imprisonment, and conspiracy to falsely report a crime. If convicted, the defendants face a maximum sentence of three years in state prison. The defendants were arrested on $20,000 bail and are expected to be arraigned July 17, 2012, at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana. The time and Department are to be determined.
In 2010, Jane Doe was a parent volunteer at an elementary school in Irvine, where Jill and Kent Easter’s son was a student. Jill Easter is accused of becoming angry with the victim because the defendants believed Jane Doe was not properly supervising their son.
In February 2011, Jill and Kent Easter are accused of conspiring to have victim Jane Doe arrested in retaliation.
At approximately 12:30 a.m. on Feb. 16, 2011, Kent Easter is accused of driving to the home of Jane Doe and placing a bag of Vicodin, Percocet, marijuana, and a used marijuana pipe behind the driver’s seat of her unlocked vehicle. He is accused of intentionally leaving the drugs in plain sight in a conspicuous location, where it would be easily visible from outside the vehicle. Jill and Kent Easter are accused of being in constant cell phone and text message contact as Kent Easter drove to and from the victim’s home.
At approximately 1:15 p.m. on Feb. 16, 2011, Kent Easter is accused of calling the IPD non-emergency number and giving a false name and phone number. He is accused of telling the dispatcher that he was a concerned parent who had witnessed an erratic driver park at the elementary school. 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. He is also accused of providing a description of and license plate number to Jane Doe’s vehicle. Jill and Kent Easter are accused of calling and texting each other on the cell phone immediately before and after the call to IPD was placed.
IPD officers arrived at the school parking lot and identified the vehicle described by Kent Easter. Officers immediately observed the bag of marijuana upon looking through Jane Doe’s car window. The responding police officer contacted Jane Doe on the school campus and the vict