Brett Clarkson, Sun Sentinel
The weird case of the porn-stuffed plastic Easter eggs being left in northeast Florida residents’ mailboxes has led to the arrest of a 42-year-old woman.
The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office says Abril Cestoni, of Palm Coast, was taken into custody on Wednesday night.
Cestoni was arrested after multiple calls were made to authorities Wednesday night regarding a female placing plastic eggs in mailboxes on Hernandez Avenue in Palm Coast.
Officers patrolling the area saw a car that matched a description of the woman’s vehicle and stopped it.
Cestoni admitted to putting the eggs in the mailboxes but said she was “educating people,” the sheriff’s office said.
“There was a bag full of pornographic material inside the vehicle and she told deputies that she had distributed over 400 pamphlets in the past few days throughout Flagler County,” said a Facebook post from the sheriff’s office announcing the arrest.
According to the Palm Coast Observer, which cited an arrest report, Cestoni “made several incoherent statements and rants about the church and local clergy.”
The calls about the mailbox eggs started coming in to dispatchers a few days earlier on Sunday, when residents began discovering the strange mail deliveries.
“Our team did a great job in tracking this deranged offender down and taking her into custody,” Sheriff Rick Staly said in a statement.
The eggs contained not only pornographic images but also “non-threatening references to local churches and county buildings, and other miscellaneous items,” the sheriff’s office said.
It’s certainly a freakish thing to happen to any homeowner, but given the COVID-19 pandemic, there were also concerns from the sheriff that the stunt could’ve been a public health hazard.
“Thankfully she did not appear to be sick with COVID-19 symptoms, but she certainly needs some help,” Staly said.
Cestoni faces numerous charges including 11 counts of distributing obscene material. Deputies say she was also driving without a valid license.
She was booked into the local jail and was held on a $7,000 bond, according to the sheriff’s office.
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