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article imageMom charged after hiring strippers for 16-year-old son's party

By Arthur Weinreb     Feb 20, 2013 in Crime
South Glens Falls - The upstate New York mom, 33, faces child endangerment charges after it was alleged she hired two strippers to perform at her son's 16th birthday party late last year.
Judy Viger, of the village of South Glens Falls was arrested on Monday. She faces five charges of endangering the moral, physical or moral state of a child under the age of 17 years.
The birthday party took place on Nov. 3 at the Spare Time Bowling Center in South Glens Falls. Police learned of the incident as they so often do these days; pictures were taken at the party and posted on social media sites. The media discovered the photos and reported what transpired at the birthday party. The Daily Mail reports one picture showed a stripper draped over a boy while another was of a young girl being provided with a lap dance. Once police became aware of the situation, an investigation was begun and witnesses were interviewed.
According to James A. Murphy III, the Saratoga County District Attorney, the party was attended by about 80 adults and children and was held in a room at the bowling alley that had floor-to-ceiling windows. The windows were covered with brown paper. One of the youths present was only 14 and five were under the age of 17, leading to Viger being charged with five counts.
The Glen Falls Post-Star reports written statements of four of the teens were filed in court yesterday. According to these statements, one of the teens says a stripper lifted his shirt, bit his nipple and scratched him. Another one from a 16-year-old girl says she was given a lap dance by one of the women.
Viger told the Post-Star last November she did not hire strippers but hired the women to deliver a "bikini gram" at the party and sing happy birthday to her son.
Police have interviewed the strippers but did not charge them. No further charges are contemplated but the State Liquor Authority has been notified. Spare Time Bowling Center could lose their liquor license for providing unauthorized adult entertainment.
Viger has been released from custody and is due to appear in court on March 7.
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