A married mother of two who had sex with two teens after luring them with naked pictures on Snapchat was sentenced to up to 15 years in prison — after she called the ordeal the “biggest regret of my life.”
Brooke Lajiness, 38, of Lima Township, Mich., was sentenced Monday to four years and nine months to 15 years in prison following an earlier guilty plea to several counts of criminal sexual conduct, MLive.com reports.
Lajiness, who authorities say confessed to having sex with the boys in her car when they were 14 and 15 last summer, appeared on the verge of tears while reading a statement before a judge prior to sentencing.
“This has been the biggest regret of my life,” she said. “My family means everything to me, and I’ve caused them great pain for these regretful choices I have made.”
The mother of one of the victims said in an impact statement — which was read by a victim advocate — that her son has suffered serious psychological and emotional damage from the illicit trysts.
“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 in the driveway, commit a crime and leave,” the mother wrote. “Did you know that this was wrong? Did you ever worry about the harm you were doing to my son?”
The woman said her son, who is in therapy, was picked on by classmates who said “it’s cool” that he had sex with Lajiness.
“My son shared with me that the guys at school have no idea what he’s been going through and how he struggles,” the mother wrote. “He has had to stay strong in front of them.”
Assistant Washtenaw County Prosecutor John Vella asked Judge David Swartz to sentence Lajiness to the longest possible prison term — up to 15 years — claiming she preyed on the teens by sending them Snapchat pictures of herself in a bathtub and performing sex acts before meeting up with them for sex.
Vella said Lajiness was also cheating on her husband, who appeared in the courtroom Monday, with a third unidentified male, who may have been an adult.
Vella also dismissed a letter written by Lajiness’ husband blaming the sexual assaults on his wife’s insomnia.
“It was this defendant’s actions that brought her here,” Vella said.