A 38-year-old Michigan mom stands accused of having sex repeatedly with a 14 year old boy, as well as exchanging sexually explicit photos with her victim. Brooke Leigh Lajiness showed up in Pittsfield Township’s 14A-1 District Court last Thursday for a high-stakes probable cause hearing in which prosecutors laid out the evidence against her.
Prosecutors have charged Lajiness with 13 counts of third degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of accosting a minor for immoral purposes and one count of furnishing obscenity to a child, MLive.com reported.
The woman is also accused of exchanging nude photographs with the 14-year-old boy. At the March 3 hearing, Michigan State Police Trooper Donald Pasternak said the case came to light when the victim’s mother lodged a complaint about Lajiness having sexual relations with her son.
Pasternak testified that most of the intimate encounters occurred in the backseat of Lajiness’ car while it was parked a Lima Township driveway. According to Pasternak, Lajiness has admitted having sex with the boy between eight and 15 times and also exchanging lewd pictures with him over the internet.
“They started conversing and exchanging nude photographs while he was still in middle school,” said Pasternak, according to a transcript of the hearing. Then in 2016, during the boy’s summer between middle school and high school, these intimate exchanges progressed to sexual congress.
On Thursday, authorities said they are looking into the possibility of more victims. “This case involves a defendant seeking out minors for sex,” Assistant Washtenaw County Prosecutor John Vella claimed.
The woman’s attorney, David I. Goldstein, criticized this suggestion of other victims, claiming that the current charges apply only to one boy. “He keeps talking about ‘minors,’ but there’s one,” he said.
According to court records, Lajiness posted a $50,000 cash bond at her March 3 arraignment, and is free pending trial. The court has allowed her to travel to her hometown in Lucas Country, Ohio — where she can seek family support while the trial is pending — on the condition she lets the court know in advance. While free on bond, Lajiness is not allowed near schools or any minors save for her own children.
The court has also prohibited her from using any computers or social media websites. Judge J. Cedric Simpson added a condition that Lajiness cannot drink or use drugs.