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Lawyer: Trial likely in South Glens Falls stripper case

2013-04-18T18:30:00Z Lawyer: Trial likely in South Glens Falls stripper caseDON LEHMAN -- dlehman@poststar.com Glens Falls Post-Star
April 18, 2013 6:30 pm  • 

MOREAU -- The lawyer for a Gansevoort woman charged with endangering the welfare of five children by allowing them to have contact with strippers at her son’s 16th birthday party said Thursday it appears the case will head to trial.

Joseph Brennan, lawyer for Judy H. Viger, told Moreau Town Justice Timothy Alden on Thursday that he plans to file a motion asking the judge to dismiss the five misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a child.

Brennan said after a brief court hearing in the case that his client will not accept a plea deal and a trial was likely.

“It appears that’s where we’re headed,” he said.

Viger, 33, did not attend the hearing and is free on her own recognizance. Defendants aren’t required to attend all preliminary proceedings in lower-level criminal cases.

Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy said his office has not offered a plea deal in the case and is awaiting the defense’s motion to dismiss the charges.

Brennan said he plans to file a motion seeking dismissal for lack of evidence.

“We don’t believe the allegations in the accusatory instruments are sufficient for the charges,” Brennan said.

He has said that Viger did not intent for partygoers to see a strip show during the Nov. 3 gathering at Spare Time Fun Center in South Glens Falls.

Brennan said after Viger’s Feb. 18 arrest that she had arranged for what was supposed to be a “bikini gram” in which women in bathing suits sang “Happy Birthday” to her 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, they did not comply, he said.

Endangering the welfare of a child is punishable by up to a year in Saratoga County Jail. Prosecutors could argue that the children were all involved in separate incidents, which could result in consecutive jail sentences amounting to up to 2 years.

Alden gave Brennan until June 13 to file his motions, and scheduled oral arguments in the case for July 11.

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  1. billybobskiff
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    billybobskiff - April 21, 2013 11:17 am
    When this woman excepts responsibility for hiring strippers to come to dance for her and her son and his friends then reduce the penalties. However since she seems unwilling to do so she deserves the max for wasting taxpayers time and money over this crap. I can not answer questions about why the DA has chosen not to file charges against the strippers as well. As far as the bowling center goes Fines should be leveled against them as well if the management team at the time knew what was going on. I say at the time because the center is currently under new management. There are pictures of this woman getting her own lap dance so don't give this crap about a witch hunt. She's guilty she knows it you know it as does everyone else with half a brain.
  2. NLS1972
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    NLS1972 - April 21, 2013 9:45 am
    Complete waste of time and money. This mother clearly has no decision making skills and is only making things worse. If she had pled guilty she AND her family would be on their way to having this behind them. Now she's going to drag everyone through a trial and for what??? It was a stupid thing to do, no one got hurt and she needs to accept responsibility for her actions.
  3. Sceptical Mass
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    Sceptical Mass - April 21, 2013 6:39 am
    The maximum? You mean jail time? For this nonsense?

    Don't you think the DA's time would be far better spent fighting against the prescription drug boom in the area? How about the rampant plague of heroin dealing and useage?

    Of course she didn't expect a lapdance...this is a witch hunt, and has been since day one. That much is painfully obvious.

    If it isn't, then where is the culpability of the other entities involved? Are you trying to tell me there are no laws forbidding lapdancing minors by these "entertainers?" There are no laws forbidding a business from renting its physical entities to an activity clearly in violation of the law, especially an activity involving minors?

    If they were in the room with covered windows, drinking, don't you think the bowling alley would have been charged as well? Ultimately they are responsible for their property.

    Fine her, and then make her pick up litter, or something akin to that, but jail?

    That's way over the top.
  4. kingsbury
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    kingsbury - April 21, 2013 6:08 am
    The "bikini gram" people aren't really strippers are they? Did they show up to the party and start removing their clothes for everyone to see? I thought that's what "stripping" meant. Just because they danced around in bikinis and performed some suggestive acts makes them "strippers", even if they didn't "strip" their clothing off? So now this is labeled as a "stripper case".
  5. billybobskiff
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    billybobskiff - April 20, 2013 8:27 pm
    none of what you said here excuses the fact that this so called mother violated the law. If she is not willing to except responsibility for her actions then obviously fines will do no good. If she goes to trial give her the max allowed under the law.
  6. Sceptical Mass
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    Sceptical Mass - April 19, 2013 7:32 pm
    Just like throwing taxpayer money away, at best, and a total miscarriage of justice, at worst.

    There is NO WAY this kind of stupidity, as stupid as it is (and it's way up there on the stupidometer, no question) should rate any jail time. Fine her, at worst, and be done with it.

    As to the boys being only 14? Get real, folks. At 14, especially in this day and age, 99.999% of young people have certainly seen any number of bikinis somewhere, and many of them much more, courtesy of the internet and cable TV, movies, or their buddies (or father's) Playboys or Hustler Magazines.

    Ask your husbands what 14 year olds find for smut.

    You're worried about them being scarred for life, and they're probably the source of envy of all their friends, and legends, to boot. I'm pretty sure, having been an adolescent 14 year old boy a long LONG time ago, that no one is psychologically traumatized for life by having
    some cheap "entertainer" gyrating in front of them....thrilled maybe.

    Good grief!
  7. billybobskiff
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    billybobskiff - April 19, 2013 7:08 pm
    was that before or after the pics were taken of her getting a lap dance
  8. joebloe
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    joebloe - April 19, 2013 4:42 pm
    I thought that initial reports about this said that in the pics that showed up online of this party, there was a pic of the mom getting a lap dance too. If that picture exists, than she is totally lying. Though, obviously, that could not be true about that picture too. Its funny, if you look at her Facebook page, all of her status updates before this even were private. Then right after this, she turned her posts public. How sad that she is using this to get attention. If that picture exists, she is screwed and totally deserves it.
  9. snowball58
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    snowball58 - April 19, 2013 4:32 pm
    I am not buying her excuse. Why were the windows covered with paper? Someone knew that something not good was going to go on. I can tell you there would be no way my son would be at a party with girls in bikinis coming, some of these boys were 14!!!! Mom really knows how to elevate women in her son's eyes, not!!!!!! She certainly is guilty of be stupid!!!
  10. Bob1234
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    Bob1234 - April 19, 2013 10:44 am
    I'm still puzzled as to why the employees of 'Tops in Bottoms' have not been charged with endangering the welfare of a child or some similar charge. Common sense would dictate they should be, unless some legal issue presents a barrier.
  11. reader 1217
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    reader 1217 - April 19, 2013 10:03 am
    "I'm sorry officer, I tried to make them stop lap dancing my child. So I covered the door with paper because I was so shocked at what was happening, that I wanted to protect other patrons from seeing."
  12. JennyGirl
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    JennyGirl - April 19, 2013 6:49 am
    If it is true that she asked them to stop then she should have called the police to report the unwanted contact and have THEM arrested. I am personally not buying it. She is just trying to get out if jail time.
  13. ballanross
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    ballanross - April 19, 2013 1:27 am
    There's an order form somewhere with the truth written on it. Even a schedule book would do. I'm certain that a housecall stripper would cost much more than a bikini-gram, though the same business could handle both types. If they don't keep the orders clear, they could wind up stripping in front of minors. They couldn't tell a newly-16-year-old and his friends were minors? Hmm. So if she ordered a bikini-gram and got a housecall stripper, it's the strippers' problem as long as they weren't allowed to finish their gig unmolested, so to speak.
  14. Resident of GF
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    Resident of GF - April 18, 2013 11:36 pm
    Why would she even have girls in bikini's or so she claims come? Usually boys this age either have girlfriends of their own or hang with their buddies. Why as a mother promote this type of behavior? I hope she gets slammed with some sort of jail time or parenting classes.
  15. bencats
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    bencats - April 18, 2013 10:39 pm
    HOw can she say she did not intend for party goers to see a strip show????? Did she hire strippers or did she hire balloon artists?????
  16. dak
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    dak - April 18, 2013 6:36 pm
    Waste of time & taxpayer dollars. She can't control other people. She asked then to stop & they did not listen.

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