In this Monday, Aug. 7, 2017 photo, Brooke Lajiness, of Chelsea, Mich., accused of having sex with two teenage boys, stands in court during her sentencing hearing at the Washtenaw County Trial Court in Ann Arbor, Mich. Lajiness, 38, was sentenced to up to 15 years in prison. (Melanie Maxwell/The Ann Arbor News via AP)
According to MLive.com, Brooke Lajiness, 38, pleaded guilty to a host of sex crimes, including third-degree criminal sexual conduct for oral sex, third-degree criminal sexual conduct for intercourse, accosting a child for immoral purposes and furnishing obscenity to children.
Authorities said Lajiness initiated sexual relationships with the teens over Snapchat, sending them pictures of herself in the bathtub and performing sexual acts.
MLive.com reported that Lajiness drove to the homes of her victims late at night, parked the car in the driveway and had sex with the boys. She reportedly told authorities that she believed she was “helping” them.
“She explained that sex with the victim is not something she wanted to do, but she was helping him,” Assistant Washtenaw County Prosecutor John Vella said. “When asked to explain how she was helping him, the defendant had a hard time explaining, but stated she was helping him ‘release his whatever.’ This is an incident that this is clearly a predator.”
Lajiness’ husband defended her in court, saying insomnia was a cause. Her lawyer later said insomnia medication and “significant psychological issues” were to blame, MLive.com reported.
The 14-year-old victim's mother said she couldn’t believe that Lajiness didn’t see what she was doing as wrong.
“You made a conscious effort on several occasions to make arrangements to meet my son, sneak out of your house, start your car, leave your husband and children at home and drive to my son’s father’s house, back into the driveway between midnight and 4 a.m., wait for my son to run the driveway, commit a crime and leave,” the victim's mother said in a prepared statement for the courtroom. “Did you know that this was wrong? Did you ever worry about the harm you were doing to my son?”
That mother said that, while her son is getting pats on the back at school from other male students, he’s been quietly struggling with the situation.
“Your actions will affect my son and his relationships with others for the rest of his life,” she continued. “The guys at school pick on him and say it’s cool that he had sex with a mom. My son shared with me that the guys at school have no idea what he’s been going through and how he struggles. He has had to stay strong in front of them.”
The mother also demanded that Lajiness be sentenced just like a man would be in the same situation.