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Augusta businessman accused of molesting teen

Posted: April 19, 2014 - 11:09pm
HAND OUT  Lehman Lord Jr., 37, of Evans  Valerie Rowell
Valerie Rowell
HAND OUT Lehman Lord Jr., 37, of Evans

The owner of an Augusta auto repair business remained in the Richmond County jail last week after being accused of molesting a teenage relative.

Lehman Lord Jr., 37, of Scarlett Court in Evans, was arrested April 1 after being indicted on charges in Columbia and Richmond counties. Lord is the owner of Lord’s Collision Center in Augusta.

In Columbia County, a Grand Jury indicted him on child molestation, aggravated sexual battery and contributing to the delinquency of a minor on March 26, according to court documents. An indictment was filed in Rich­mond County the previous day charging Lord with child molestation, furnishing obscene materials to a minor and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Lord’s 15-year-old female relative told deputies on Dec. 18 that she’d been sexually abused by Lord multiple times, but didn’t report the incident out of fear what Lord would do if he found out, according to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office incident report. She told deputies that she didn’t remember exact dates, but that he grabbed and touched her in a sexual manner leading up to a June 1 assault.

On that night, the teen said she’d gotten intoxicated at a party in Richmond County and called Lord to take her home.

When they got to his Evans home, the teen said she fell asleep and woke up with Lord in bed with her and his hand down her pants, according to the report. She said Lord acted the following morning like nothing happened.

The teen showed deputies text messages she said she received from Lord in which he said he wanted to be her “snuggle bunny” and didn’t want her to think he was a pervert, according to the report.

She also had a photo of her and Lord posing together as she smoked what she told deputies was marijuana.

Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said the incidents were reported to Richmond County authorities and Lord was charged after the Richmond County investigator realized some of the incidents occurred in Columbia County.

Lord is being held in the Richmond County jail without bond, according to jail records.

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