GREENFIELD, Ind. – A Greenfield couple was arrested after admitting to police that they gave drugs and alcohol to teens at their home.
Marty Bogardus, 47, and Lisa Borgardus, 60, were both charged with maintaining a common nuisance and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Mr. Bogardus is also charged with child exploitation. Detectives say a parent found inappropriate text message on his child’s phone and reported it to police. Court papers reveal a teen told detectives that Bogardus asked her to send him nude pictures and even offered her money to expose herself.
“It’s really disturbing. It’s something as a parent, I mean any parent in our community, is not going to want that to happen,” said Hancock County Prosecutor Brent Eaton.
As many as a dozen teens told investigators that they have been going to the Greenfield home on a weekly basis to get drunk and smoke marijuana.
“It was a place where it was seen as a place where the kids could go to, hang out and it was well known that they could receive alcohol and drugs while they were there,” said Eaton.
Court papers reveal some of the teens were as young as 13 years old and reportedly had been going to the home for eight months.
“This was not a one-time incident. This was not as if it was a graduation party or some type of sweet 16 party or something like that. There was a pattern of behavior over several months that the investigation by the Greenfield Police department unveiled that lead to the filing of these charges,” said Eaton.
When detectives questioned Mrs. Bogardus, she told them the only reason she allowed the children to drink alcohol and smoke marijuana was "that they had nowhere else to go and she felt that she was providing a safe environment for them."
“There is never a safe environment for children 13, 14, 15 years old to be given alcohol. There is never a safe environment for children 13, 14, 15 years old to be exposed to and be using illegal drugs and so that’s just not an excuse,” said Eaton.
No one answered the door when our crews knocked.