EVANS, Ga. (WJBF) – A Columbia County mom responded to accusations that she hosted a sex party for her underage daughter and friends.
Rachel Lynn Lehnardt, 35, of Evans, Georgia is charged with two counts of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. She is also fighting allegations that she supplied teenagers with alcohol and marijuana at that party.
She is now telling her side of the story, which is all about telling the truth when it comes to Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.). That is the belief of the fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. “We believe in honesty,” said Alcoholics Anonymous volunteer Scott “B”.
So, when Lehnardt allegedly shared details of an incident at her home to her A.A. sponsor on April 10th, Scott B., who prefers to keep his last name private, said turning to the cops was crucial. “Most likely, the sponsor will guide the sponsee to go ahead and take care of the issue,” he said.
The alleged incident is detailed in a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report. The A.A. sponsor claims Lehnardt opened up during a sobriety conversation over coffee about why she lost custody of her five children, ages 4, 6, 8, 10 and 16 on Monday, April 6. The report states Lehnardt told the sponsor she was sober since the day she lost custody, but she is facing charges of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor after allowing her 16-year-old daughter and friends to party at her Evans home with illegal substances and alcohol.
Captain Steve Morris, of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, told WJBF News Channel 6, “She was arrested for furnishing alcohol and marijuana to at least two 16-year-olds. That was not just what the A.A. sponsor told us, but what was told to us was also corroborated by witnesses that were also in the home.”
The report goes on to say Lehnardt played “naked Twister” in the living room, then had sex with an 18-year-old in the bathroom. The sponsor said the mom told her she brought her sex toys out and performed with them in front of the group. As the party continued, the incident report reads Lehnardt fell asleep and woke up around 3:30 a.m. to find her daughter’s 16-year-old boyfriend having sex with her.
“The age of consent in Georgia is 16, and the two allegations involved individuals at least 16 years of age,” said Capt. Morris.
Lehnardt’s attorney, Shawn Hammond, released the following statement on behalf of Lehnardt:
“Mrs. Lehnardt acknowledges that due to recent alcohol abuse she engaged in several acts of inappropriate conduct. Although, many of the allegations are exaggerated, she is extremely remorseful for what she allowed to occur in her presence and is obtaining professional and pastoral counseling to ensure that this conduct is never repeated. Mrs. Lehnardt intends to fully cooperate with the legal system to accept complete responsibility for her conduct and to fully atone for her actions. However, at no time did Mrs. Lehnardt sponsor or facilitate a party for underage minors.
Mrs. Lehnardt has recommitted herself to her faith and her family. She is hopeful that her children, members of her faith and others will learn from her poor example as to just how easy it is for people to exercise such extremely poor judgment while intoxicated.
In regards to the connection this case has with Alcoholics Anonymous, Mrs. Lehnardt continues to participate in and strongly believes in the program. She truly regrets any negative media coverage that this matter may have had on the organization.”
As for why the AA sponsor went to police, Scott “B” said the organization is bound by spiritual principles. “We believe that that’s how our higher power is expressing his will for us is through our group conscience.”
Captain Morris said this is an ongoing investigation and the Sheriff’s Office is looking into additional allegations.
Lehnardt was in jail, but bonded out Monday on $3,200 bond. Lehnardt’s lawyer added, she is in counseling and continues to participate in Alcoholics Anonymous.