The husband and wife lawyers accused of planting drugs on an Irvine elementary school volunteer as revenge for their son getting disciplined have more court time coming their way.
Besides the criminal case against Kent Wycliffe Easter and Jill Bjorkholm Easter, they are now subjects of a lawsuit brought by the school volunteer.
Kelli Peters, her husband Bill Peters and their 12-year-old daughter have suffered fear, panic and anxiety due to the Easters falsely accusing the Plaza Vista School volunteer of being a druggie, according to the suit, which seeks unspecified damages “for intentional and negligent infliction of
emotional distress and false imprisonment.”
What is most known is what the Easters are accused of doing on Feb. 16: placing a bag of Vicodin, Percocet,
marijuana and a used pot pipe behind the driver's seat of Peters'
unlocked vehicle at her home and, when she drove to school that day, anonymously calling Irvine Police to say the car was witnessed driving erratically, the driver was seen placing drugs behind her seat, and she was still on campus.
That led to Peters being briefly detained by police before the false story began to unravel, and the Easters were quickly suspected of felony counts that could send each to prison for three years.
But in her lawsuit, Peters describes a year-long nightmare of her and her family being terrorized by the Easters, who had unsuccessfully filed a suit against the volunteer in 2010. The Easters had alleged Peters falsely imprisoned their son and intentionally inflicted emotional
distress by locking him out
of the school building after a tennis class.
Now, Kelli Peters claims she suffers recurring nightmares of being arrested for reasons unknown and of having her throat slit by an unknown assailant who goes on to murder her family. Everyone in the Peters clan became emotional wrecks after the false accusation, according to the suit, which was filed in Orange County Superior Court.
Neither Easter has shown remorse for the false police filing, according to the suit.
Over on the criminal side, Kent Easter, a 38-year-old with Yocca
Carlson & Rauth Attorneys of Newport Beach, and Jill Easter, a 39-year-old author who let her
State Bar of California license expire, are each charged with conspiracy to procure the false arrest and charging
of Peters, false imprisonment and conspiracy to falsely report a
Police say they were easily able to trace the false police call back to Kent Easter.
Under the name Ava Bjork, Jill Easter wrote a crime novel titled Holding House about some buddies who devise what they believe to be the perfect crime.
Matt Coker has been engaging, enraging and entertaining readers of newspapers, magazines and websites for decades. He spent the first 13 years of his career in journalism at daily newspapers before “graduating” to OC Weekly in 1995 as the paper’s first calendar editor. He went on to be managing editor, executive editor and is now senior staff writer.