A mother-of-five allegedly allowed her 16-year-old daughter and her friends to smoke weed and drink alcohol at her home as they played naked Twister at the mother’s Evans, Georgia home. The woman, Rachel Lehnardt (35), allegedly ended up having sex with an 18-year-old in the bathroom. She later went to bed alone, however, she awakened to discover a 16-year-boy having sex with her, and only later discovered that he was her daughter’s boyfriend. The boy has not been charged with a crime, however, the mother is facing 2 counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor- since the age of consent in the state is 16, she was not charged with a criminal sexual conduct crime. The interesting thing about the case is that the woman, apparently concerned over her drinking behavior, sought the help from a member of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) who allegedly agreed to sponsor her while in the program. As part of the organization’s practice, Lehnardt told her sponsor about the details of her addiction including the aforementioned sexual details- the woman then told the police what Lehnardt told her, and she was charged. Lehnardt is presumed to be not guilty of any crime.
COMMENT: The name “Alcoholics Anonymous” (AA), is very misleading because the term “anonymous” implies that your secrets and honest confessions, or “listing of amends”, as their literature states, will remain anonymous- or in other words, secret. The point is, the 4th step (or rule) of the “program” says a member should make a list (“a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves”), and then, pursuant to the 5th step, “Admit . . . to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs”. The program goes even farther (8th step) by stating that you should “Make a list of all persons we had harmed, and become willing to make amends to them ALL . . . except when to do so would injure THEM or OTHERS” (emphasis added). The problem is, nothing you say to members of AA is privileged- they can lawfully snitch to the police and they often do. This holds true whether you are at a local AA meeting, or at a treatment facility that uses the “12-Step-Program”- what you say to staff, or a fellow group member, is subject to disclosure to the police. IN OTHER WORDS, do not tell anyone about your past criminal behavior unless you are willing to go to jail over it. The ONLY safe person to speak to about your PAST criminal behavior is an ATTORNEY because that is essentially the only strong privileged communication still existing in the country- Clergymen, Priests, Doctors and other professionals do not have as strong a privilege between them and their confessors. The added problem is that people who are suffering from a drinking or drug addiction/issue are usually not thinking well- they are often weak mentally and overly open to suggestion- an open confession can be seen as uplifting and cleansing. The AA program thus appeals to many who find themselves down and out or otherwise ashamed. We strongly suggest that you consult with a criminal attorney before you start making any admissions to anyone.