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Couple arrested for having illegal communication through jail

2011-04-26T16:32:00Z Couple arrested for having illegal communication through jail Glens Falls Post-Star
April 26, 2011 4:32 pm

QUEENSBURY -- A Hudson Falls couple have been arrested for communicating with one another secretly through a newspaper ad, letters and phone calls while the husband was serving jail time under orders not to have contact with his wife.

Philip J. Viger Jr., 34, an inmate in the Warren County Jail, was charged Tuesday (April 26) with a misdemeanor count of second-degree criminal contempt. His wife, Jessica L. Viger, 30, of 2355 Burgoyne Ave., Hudson Falls, was charged with one felony count of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing.

Warren County sheriff's officers said police determined that Philip Viger had been contacting Jessica Viger by phone from the jail while two separate orders of protection were in place barring him from doing so.

Jessica Viger had spoken to her husband during those phone calls, sent letters to him in jail, and placed a classified ad in The Post-Star directed to him, all while filing a petition in Warren County Family Court stating she has not had contact with him in more than a year.

Philip Viger was arraigned and held in Warren County Jail. Jessica Viger was released on her own recognizance on an appearance ticket, returnable to Queensbury Town Court on May 9.

Viger is serving a one-year jail sentence after pleading guilty in September to second-degree criminal contempt. He had faced four felonies and 10 misdemeanors for a series of incidents with a woman in Glens Falls early last year. The other charges were dropped as part of his plea deal.

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  1. grizzly
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    grizzly - April 29, 2011 7:19 am
    Love means never having to say you're sorry (and it's court enforced)
  2. Wowppl
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    Wowppl - April 29, 2011 12:44 am
    A zebra doesn't change it's stripes. Very rarely do abusers "see the light" and change their ways. Apparently rock bottom wasn't bad enough for her. Unfortunately it is women such as this one that makes it difficult for the ones who truely want to get out of abusive relationships hard.
  3. nygirl123
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    nygirl123 - April 28, 2011 8:46 pm
    It is so much easier & arrogant to judge other's lives and choices than to look at your own train wreck...No one is perfect.I think people are so quick to judge others because their own lives are so messed up that it eases their guilt by making others look or feel bad. How sad.
  4. girlfromhere
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    girlfromhere - April 28, 2011 2:17 pm
    wow some of these comments are pretty harsh. Its easy to make an opinion when just reading an article in the paper. But remember these are real ppl with feelings. She shouldnt have to pay anything back, it sound to me like he is paying for what he did regardless of what happens after the fact. Enoughs enough already!
  5. demapples
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    demapples - April 28, 2011 1:47 pm
    WOW, so let me get this straight, he was in jail, and she had 2 restraining orders on him, and he was still calling her from jail , arent all those phone calls recorded, and she was sending him letters?? You could of just walked up to the judge and told him u were breaking the order..How stupid can u get?? I hope the judge holds them accountable for there action.
  6. Wilton44
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    Wilton44 - April 28, 2011 12:54 pm
    Real American said: "Maybe, since she's had such a change of heart, she can pay back the criminal justice system for all the man hours spent policing, prosecuting and housing her loving husband?"



    Agree,She should have to payback EVERYTHING !!!! but you cant pay back all the tears both families cryed, or the sleepless nights, or all the time spent in court rooms. It was a horrible year of them fighting back and forth through the courts. It was all a waste of time and a GAME to BOTH of them !
  7. Wilton44
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    Wilton44 - April 28, 2011 12:47 pm
    chick32 said: "How many chances do people deserve?Second chances are great but after that your just stupid!In this case they are both just stupid!Its not about passing judgment its about the TRUTH!Sometimes the truth hurts.Before you comment you should know the whole story.They both deserve to be in prison!I agree she should have to pay something back to our system!All the time and energy they put into this is crazy.Hopfully they will get what they deserve!"

    PERFECTLY SAID !!! What about all the people they both hurt in the process, what about all the crap that BOTH of their families had to deal with, what about all the innocent kids that have been dragged through this mess. 6 Months ago she stood on the stand and said how she feared for her life, was that all a show??? She manipulated the system, played the victim card and now she had a change of heart so everyone should too..NO WAY..NEVER !!! THEY DESERVE EACHOTHER!!
  8. gidget2
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    gidget2 - April 28, 2011 12:34 pm
    glensfallsgirl said: maybe people should worry about their own lives and not involve THEMSELVES in others..

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    she involved the community in her life when she held fundraisers for domestic violence and opened a domestic abuse support page on facebook.


    Why she went back, we don't know? But, who are we to judge? Lets hope she remains safe, thats all!
  9. glensfallsgirl
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    glensfallsgirl - April 28, 2011 11:26 am
    Prison?? Lmao!...maybe people should worry about their own lives and not involve THEMSELVES in others..LOL @ you chick32
  10. chick32
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    chick32 - April 28, 2011 8:33 am
    How many chances do people deserve?Second chances are great but after that your just stupid!In this case they are both just stupid!Its not about passing judgment its about the TRUTH!Sometimes the truth hurts.Before you comment you should know the whole story.They both deserve to be in prison!I agree she should have to pay something back to our system!All the time and energy they put into this is crazy.Hopfully they will get what they deserve!
  11. chick32
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    chick32 - April 27, 2011 8:57 pm
    Its not a matter of passing judgment its all the TRUTH!Some times you should think before you get so many people involved in your mess.TRUTH HURTS!You are both getting what you deserve.Whos laughing now?
  12. Real American
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    Real American - April 27, 2011 3:32 pm
    Maybe, since she's had such a change of heart, she can pay back the criminal justice system for all the man hours spent policing, prosecuting and housing her loving husband?
  13. Lgchick69
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    Lgchick69 - April 27, 2011 11:16 am
    Don't people deserve second chances?? There could be more love here than anyone knows. Its easy to make judgment when your not in the situation.
  14. DWC121
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    DWC121 - April 27, 2011 11:07 am
    parenting101 - Since it was not reported in this article that he beat his wife, do you have a URL that points to the FACT that he DID beat his wife? (I'll bet he did, but the paper did not mention it here).
  15. glensfallsgirl
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    glensfallsgirl - April 27, 2011 11:06 am
    Just remember when you judge others you dont define them, u define yourself.
  16. tweiner
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    tweiner - April 27, 2011 9:01 am
    It is so hard to understand why these women continue to go back to abusers. I would bet they would tell you that they don’t want the abuser back.

    I have seen friends who have gone through this same thing, and it is such a hard pattern to break. I hope that she gets some counseling and gets her head on straight, and dumps this jerk. it doesn’t get any better than this, as a matter of fact this is the beginning of the downhill slide to either death or prison.

    I really hope that we don't read about this woman being victimized in some other way, when this guy gets out, but I'm not holding my breath.
  17. Wilton44
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    Wilton44 - April 27, 2011 8:26 am
    Looking at both of their current state of pathetic circumstances, I would say they BOTH can lay in the beds they have made for themselves. You get what you put in and PEOPLE GET WHAT THEY DESERVE !!
  18. parenting101
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    parenting101 - April 27, 2011 8:09 am
    mongoo said: "Is it his wife who he assaulted last and ended up in jail for? If so, that is one seriously confused woman. "

    Yes it was his wife he beat last year as a result ended up in jail. Confused? Messed up!
  19. always thinking
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    always thinking - April 26, 2011 8:45 pm
    I think they're both confused. If that's love, I don't want it.
  20. mongoo
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    mongoo - April 26, 2011 7:09 pm
    Is it his wife who he assaulted last and ended up in jail for? If so, that is one seriously confused woman.

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