Helena teacher, husband of OPI candidate, sentenced on felony drug charge

A former Helena elementary school teacher has been given a three-year deferred sentence for felony drug possession, stemming from an August traffic stop where authorities found cocaine, LSD, methamphetamine and psilocybin mushrooms in his vehicle.

Eric Lehman, who is married to Democratic state superintendent of public instruction candidate Melissa Romano, pleaded guilty to the charge Friday.

As part of a plea agreement, Lehman pleaded guilty to possession of the psilocybin mushrooms. He also must continue drug treatment activities, make a $500 contribution to the Missouri River Drug Task Force, complete 40 hours of community service, pay court fees and costs and obtain a chemical-dependency evaluation.