MOREAU -- It was the strippers’ fault.
That’s the defense Moreau mother Judy H. Viger apparently plans to pursue for charges she endangered the welfare of five teens by hiring strippers for her son’s 16th birthday party.
Viger pleaded not guilty Thursday in Moreau Town Court to five misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a child.
Her lawyer, Joseph Brennan, said Thursday that Viger had arranged for what was supposed to be a “bikini gram” in which women in bathing suits sang “Happy Birthday” to Viger’s son and left.
The dancers instead began to “turn to activity that wasn’t planned” and when Judy Viger asked the crew of people who accompanied them to get them to stop, “she was laughed at,” Brennan said.
“It went beyond what her understanding was and what was anticipated,” he said. “It took about 10 minutes for her to get them to stop.”
Viger did not commit any crimes, he said.
The company that provided the dancers, Tops in Bottoms of Ballston Spa, does advertise “bikini grams” on its website.
The charges pertain to specific teens under the age of 17 who on Nov. 3 received “lap dances” or other similar physical contact with two women in bras and panties at a party held in a private room at Spare Time Bowling Center in South Glens Falls for the 16th birthday of Viger’s son, Reggie.
Pictures of the party were posted on social media websites, leading to a police investigation that spawned widespread publicity.
Viger was allowed to remain free on her own recognizance, with the case adjourned until April 4. She faces up to 2 years in Saratoga County Jail if convicted of the charges.
Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy said there have been no plea talks in the case and his office is ready for trial.