Saturday, July 1, 2017

Michigan Mother Brooke Lajiness Pleads Guilty to Sex Offenses

Is it just me or does it seem as if there are more and more women getting busted for molesting or raping young boys? Perhaps I had a slightly sheltered childhood all those years ago when dinosaurs roamed the Earth but I don't seem to remember so many cases where adult women were seeking sex with underage males. The most recent one took place in SE Michigan. The age of consent in Michigan is 16, which is probably too young, but even that tender age was just too old for a 38-year-old married woman of Lima Township, Michigan named Brooke Lajiness. Perhaps, as some have said, this crime is about power more than it is about the sex. Either way although people have pretty routinely made jokes or songs about doing stuff with someone who is 16 or 17, there's nothing to joke about when it comes to 15,14 or 11. That kind of thing is pretty despicable no matter which state or subculture you come from.

ANN ARBOR, MI - A 38-year-old Lima Township mother has pleaded guilty to having sex with a 14-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy. Brooke L. Lajiness admitted on Monday, June 26 during a pretrial in front of Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge David S. Swartz to having intercourse and oral sex with the minors.

She pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sexual conduct for oral sex with a 15-year-old, two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct for intercourse with a 14-year-old, one count of accosting a child for immoral purposes and one count of furnishing obscenity to children for sending nude photographs of herself to a minor. Through a plea agreement, 10 other counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a person between 13 and 15 years old will be dismissed at sentencing, Assistant Washtenaw County Prosecuting Attorney John Vella said.

The majority of the incidents charged in the case were alleged to have occurred in the backseat of Lajiness' car in a Lima Township driveway, Pasternak testified. She then confessed to police to having sex with the 14-year-old between eight and 15 times and exchanging naked pictures with him over the internet. In court Monday, she admitted to two incidents of intercourse with the 14 year old. She also admitted in court to sending nude pictures of herself.

"They started conversing and exchanging nude photographs while he was still in middle school," Pasternak said, according to the transcript.

I know that the whole idea of pleading guilty before trial is that someone is seeking and will usually get a lower sentence than if they had gone to trial. Even so, though I think that this woman needs to be behind bars for a while. The maximum sentence was about twenty years. I would give her at least ten years. She needs to think about what she did and understand why it was wrong. Because most of us are used to thinking of male sexuality as essentially predatory and female sexuality as something to be protected, we may not always be as aware of female sexual predators of boys or treat them with the same harshness as we would male predators of either gender. That's not wise. I think perhaps the media has gone overboard with all of this "cougar" and "MILF" stuff. Dunno.
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