A Georgia mother has been sentenced for participating in a party for her teenage daughter and her friends, allowing them to drink alcohol, smoke marijuana and play a naked game of Twister, prosecutors said.
Rachel Lynn Lehnardt, 36, was sentenced late last week under the state’s First Offender Act to 12 months of probation and a $100 fine for each of six counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to the Columbia County district attorney’s office.
Lehnardt, who was participating in Alcoholics Anonymous at the time, must also comply with mandatory drug and alcohol testing and treatment.
Lehnardt was accused in April 2015 of hosting a debauched party, complete with a kinky game of Twister, in her home in a suburb of Augusta, Ga.
She told her AA sponsor that, on the night of the incident, four of her five children were with their father when her oldest, who was 16 at the time, texted her to ask permission for her friends to come over “to party,” according to a police report.
Police said Lehnardt replied: “Come on, let’s party.”
Lehnardt let the teenagers smoke marijuana and drink alcohol, according to the police report. Police said she joined them for naked Twister in her living room and then, while the others played, had sex with an 18-year-old in the bathroom. Afterward, Lehnardt told the sponsor, she was still “horny” so she took her sex toys to the living room and played with them in front of the teens, according to the report.
Then they all got into her hot tub nude where “the party continued,” Lehnardt reportedly told her sponsor.
At some point, Lehnardt claimed she fell asleep in her bed and woke up as someone was having sex with her, according to the police report. Police said she told the sponsor that she thought it was the 18-year-old she had been with earlier in the night but it turned out to be her daughter’s 16-year-old boyfriend.
Capt. Butch Askew, spokesman for the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, told The Washington Post on Wednesday that no sexual assault charges were filed against Lehnardt or the teen. Georgia’s age of consent is 16.
Lehnardt’s attorney, Shawn Hammond, told ABC affiliate WBSTV last year that although the accusations were “exaggerated,” she was “extremely remorseful.”
Here is the statement in full:
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 not 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.
Hammond could not immediately be reached Wednesday for comment.
After the incident, Lehnardt and her husband, whom she was divorcing, lost custody of their five children, who ranged in age from 4 to 16, Askew, the spokesman for the sheriff’s office, told The Post. He said the paternal grandparents were granted custody.
It’s unclear whether the children are still with their grandparents.