On Monday, 38-year-old Brooke Lajiness faced sentencing for having sex with two boys, ages 14 and 15, who she had lured to her car.
The married mother from Lima Township, Michigan received a sentence of at least four years and nine months and as much as 15 years in prison. She “held back tears” during sentencing, writes Fox News, saying “This has been the biggest regret of my life.”
In February, reports first surfaced about the incidents, which occurred in the summer of 2016 and began when Lajiness lured the two teenage boys to her car by sending them photos of herself nude and engaged in sexual acts via Snapchat. She then instructed the boys on how, where, and when they would meet. As the 14-year-old’s mother wrote:
“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. Did you know that this was wrong? Did you ever worry about the harm you were doing to my son?”
All in all, Lajiness initially confessed to having sex with the 14-year-old between eight and 15 times, reports MLive, but later changed that number to two in court.
Lajiness also tried to mitigate her guilt by explaining to authorities that she was merely “helping him [one of the boys], ‘release his whatever,'” states Assistant Washtenaw County Prosecutor John Vella.
Furthermore, Vella claims that both Lajiness and her husband wrote letters to the judge blaming the incidents on the victims and trying to offer her reported insomnia as an explanation.
Nevertheless, Lajiness ultimately pled guilty to third-degree criminal sexual conduct, accosting a child for immoral purposes, and furnishing obscenity to children in June. Prosecutors then recommended the harshest possible sentence.
While Lajiness didn’t quite receive that on Monday, it will be nearly five years before her release.
Next, read up on the 24-year-old Texas school teacher arrested last year for having sex with her 13-year-old student.