SOUTH GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (WGGB) – A New York mother is facing charges after she allegedly hired adult dancers for her son’s 16th birthday.
In a statement released Tuesday, Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy III says that 33-year-old Judy Viger is facing five counts of endangering the welfare of a child after the November 2012 incident at the Pines Lanes Bowling Alley in South Glens Falls, N.Y.
The charges come after a three month investigation by South Glens Falls Police after the parents of five teens at the party learned of what allegedly happened, and claimed that the welfare of their kids were endangered.
Investigators allege that Viger hired “adult female entertainers” from Tops N’ Bottoms for her son’s birthday party at the bowling alley.
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The Albany Times-Union reports that the two exotic dancers stripped down to their underwear and gave lap dances to kids, some of which were as young as 14 years old.
The parents told police that they were not aware of the dancer’s presence and “were shocked and stunned when they discovered what had occurred,” the statement notes.
Soon after some of the pictures surfaced on the Internet and social media, those parents forwarded them to Albany-area media outlets and became part of the investigation. The D.A.’s office released one of those that was available in the public domain.
“As difficult as it may be for us to have to weigh in on these kinds of cases, certainly exposing the unsuspecting children to this sort of “entertainment” goes beyond the pale when it comes to what is appropriate for 14, 15 and 16 year old child. It is important to remember that it is the other kids and their parents who came forward and who initiated the investigation. The police correctly followed up on legitimate, good faith complaints and the police owed it to them to conduct an earnest investigation into the matter,” Murphy adds.
South Glens Falls Police are also conducting a separate investigation in conjunction with the New York State Liquor Authority into the bowling alley’s liquor license.
Viger is set to be arraigned in court on March 7.