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.