Orange County man convicted of trying to have school worker arrested by planting drugs in car


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SANTA ANA, California — A Southern California lawyer has been convicted of trying to have a PTA leader at his son's elementary school arrested by planting drugs in her car.

An Orange County jury convicted Kent Easter Wednesday of false imprisonment by deceit. He faces up to three years in jail.

His first trial last November ended in a deadlock.

Prosecutors say the Irvine man and his wife planted prescription painkillers, marijuana and a pot pipe in the school volunteer's car in 2011 and then called police, who briefly detained her.

Authorities say the couple believed the woman had improperly supervised their first-grade son.

Easter's wife, Jill, was sentenced to jail after pleading guilty last year. She was released this year.

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