Monday, July 04, 2016
Alcoholic mom, 36, who threw house party where she played naked Twister with her 16-year-old daughter and teen friends
A mother who allowed her 16-year-old daughter and her friends to drink alcohol, smoke marijuana and play naked Twister in her home has avoided jail time.
Rachel Lehnardt, 36, of Evans, Georgia, was handed 12 months of probation and a $100 fine for each count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, WJBF reports.
She was handed a total sentence of six years of probation and fined a total of $600 under the First Offender Act. She must also comply with mandatory drug and alcohol testing and treatment.
In Georgia, offenders can face a prison term of up to 12 months for a first offense.
Lehnardt was arrested in April last year.
The mother-of-five also allegedly had sex with an 18-year-old man at the party, used her sex toys in front of the teenagers and claimed she had woken up to find a 16-year-old raping her.
When the daughter’s paternal grandparents learned about the party, Lehnardt lost custody of her five children.
In the days after, she researched local Alcoholics Anonymous groups and was paired with a sponsor in a bid to overcome her issues, her lawyer said.
Lehnardt told her sponsor about what had led to her seeking help from AA, including her divorce, the drunken party and then losing her children, during a meeting in April last year.
The sponsor contacted authorities and reported what she had revealed.
Lehnardt had allowed the teenage daughter and her friends to drink and smoke marijuana in front of her while her other kids were with their father, the sponsor said.
She had also played a game of naked Twister with them in the living room and then had sex with an 18-year-old in the bathroom, Augusta Crime reported.
When she returned, she reportedly told her sponsor she was still ‘horny’ and had used sex toys on herself in front of the teenagers.
Later, Lehnardt said she had been asleep in bed when she woke to find her daughter’s 16-year-old boyfriend having sex with her.
The girl told her mother that she felt guilty because the boyfriend’s ten-inch penis was too large for her and so he needed to have sex with the mother instead.
At the time, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Steve Morris said there was no evidence of a crime and no charges were pending against the boy.
No sex crime charges were filed in connection with allegations that Lehnardt had sex with the 18-year-old as 16 is the age of consent.
Days after Lehnardt’s arrest last year, her daughter jumped to her defense in a series of posts on Twitter.
The teenager also backed up her mother's claim that she had been raped by the 16-year-old boy.
'She was passed out drunk and he was wasted of his ass,' the daughter wrote. 'She didn't have sex with a 16 year old she was raped by one [sic].'
The teenager also denied that the boy was her boyfriend, as previously reported and claimed by Lehnardt's lawyer.
It came after Lehnardt defended her actions in a statement issued through her lawyer Shawn Hammond to Augusta Crime.
‘Mrs. Lehnardt acknowledges that due to recent alcohol abuse she engaged in several acts of inappropriate conduct,’ the statement said.
‘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.’
The statement added that Lehnardt had been a life-long follower of the Mormon church and had never touched a drop of alcohol before her split from her husband James, who was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder when he returned from Iraq.
The couple had been married since 2000 and had five children together.
But following their divorce in 2014, she began drinking and ultimately broke away from the church, where she had once been a Sunday school teacher.
'Mrs. Lehnardt has recommitted herself to her faith and her family,' he added.
'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.'