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California parents indicted for allegedly planting drugs on PTA member at son's elementary school

Kent and Jill Easter Orange County District Attorney

Kent and Jill Easter
Orange County District Attorney»s Office

(CBS/AP) IRVINE, Calif. - An Irvine couple was indicted by a grand jury Thursday for allegedly planting drugs on a parent volunteer at their child's elementary school, CBS Los Angeles reports.

Kent Easter, 38, and his 39-year-old wife, Jill, were indicted on charges of conspiracy to procure a false arrest, false imprisonment and conspiracy to falsely report a crime.

Officials said Kent Easter planted Vicoden, Percocet, marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the car of Kelly Peters, a PTA volunteer at Plaza Vista School in Irvine. Prosecutors said the couple was unhappy with the way Peters cared for their son while he was at school.

The couple made phone calls and sent text messages to one another, as Kent Easter drove to the Peters' home and planted the drugs in her unlocked vehicle just after midnight on Feb. 16, 2011, Deputy District Attorney Chris Duff said.

About 1:15 p.m. that same day, Kent Easter allegedly called police, giving a fake name and phone number, and said he was a concerned parent who saw the woman's car being driven erratically at the elementary school.

Irvine police stopped Peters, who agreed to let police search her car and home, Duff said. Officers started to doubt that the drugs belonged to her, and an investigation led to the Easters.

Both are currently free on bail. If convicted, the couple faces up to four years in prison.

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