SOUTH GLENS FALLS -- A Gansevoort woman was arrested Monday for allegedly arranging to have two strippers perform at her son’s 16th birthday party in November.

Village Police charged Judy H. Viger, 33, of Dimmick Road in Gansevoort, with five counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

She’s accused of organizing, managing and paying for two adult female entertainers who performed personal and intimate dances for five teens younger than 17.

The incident occurred Nov. 3 at the Spare Time Bowling Center in South Glens Falls.

Police said no other arrests are expected.

Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy said the investigation was prompted by parents and children who attended the party and were “outraged” by what they witnessed. He said police interviewed a number of witnesses, including the dancers, bowling alley employees and people who attended the party.

Children at the party were as young as 13, Murphy said. He said police decided five charges were sufficient, though more could have been filed based on statements from witnesses.

“The charges stem from an allegation that she endangered not only the welfare of her own child, but the welfare of the 14- and 15-year-old children that were at the birthday party as well,” Murphy said.

Viger’s lawyer, Joseph Brennan, said Monday afternoon he was told the charges were not yet filed in court.

“I’m not going to comment on anything I haven’t seen,” he said.

The incident took place inside a private room with paper covering the glass door. The strippers, wearing bras and panties, were photographed performing dances on party attendees, some of whom were as young as 15.

Police began investigating when photos were posted on social media websites. At first, officers were told the women were a “bikini gram” brought in to sing “Happy Birthday” to the teen. No charges were filed.

But when The Post-Star published a story about the party, police and the newspaper received copies of photos the teen’s friends and relatives had posted on websites after the party. The photos seemed to contradict the “bikini gram” version of events.

Police said they were not shown those photos during their initial investigation.

The charge of endangering the welfare of a child accuses a person of “knowingly acting in a manner likely to be injurious to the physical, mental or moral welfare of a child younger than 17.” It is punishable by up to a year in county jail.

Viger is scheduled to appear March 7 in Moreau Town Court.

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Bob1234
Bob1234

"The exotic dancers stripped down to bras and panties and were photographed writhing on party-goers, some of whom witnesses said were as young as 15.” (from a previous Post-Star article)

Curious as to why the Tops in Bottoms 'adult entertainment' company and its 'employees' have not been charged as well. It would be difficult to believe the 'employees' were unaware that they 'entertaining' underage teenagers.

Is this a situation where a business gets away with questionable or illegal practices?


OhReally
OhReally

I've been wondering this since I first read the initial article. In addition, the bowling alley employees were just as culpable by allowing such an event to take place on their property. I have worked in the restaurant business for 15 years and have worked plenty of private parties. Its a matter of basic customer service and no one can convince me that not a single staff member checked in on the party to see if they needed anything. Someone saw something, that's for sure.

EasyBeasy
EasyBeasy

Excellent point.

Resident of GF
Resident of GF

Agreed. These woman and or the company Tops and Bottoms should also be charged as well. Mother needs parenting classes, a reminder of what having morals are, and counseling. Hopefully she makes better choices for her children in the future. What does she want her children to mess around with this type of woman and potentially get a disease at such a young age?

WT
WT

Drat, all I got was a cake.

Concerned Father
Concerned Father

There must not be too much investigating going on because there are pictures of her and her son on a beach with what looks like the same drink in their hands on Facebook. I wonder if she would allow a 16 year old son to drink alcohol ?
There are times when you need to be a parent. Not a "cool friend".
It is too bad that other children got caught up in her scheme to be the "cool mom". Maybe she will learn from this, rather than blaming everyone else for her getting into trouble. The fact is that if she abided by the law, she wouldn't be where she is right now.

pfenton
pfenton

I wonder what they have planned for Christmas!

JennyGirl
JennyGirl

As much as I am sure she was just trying to be an awesome mom, couldn't she have waited for her kids 18th birthday for this stuff? Classic case of not thinking.

Key
Key

She failed to be an awesome mom.

Milania
Milania

It is really deplorable to me that the ladies who were removing their clothing didn't even question the age of the boy. Seriously, if there was a problem, it should have been stopped before it was started! I can only imagine mom knew it was getting out of control and didn't know how to reel it back in. In this day and age, why did the strippers even continue once knowing the situation?! It's only half her fault. The other half goes to the bowling alley and the strippers! Trust me, they should ALL be held accountable. The bowling alley should have talked her out of it...or maybe...just maybe...she really didn't think it was going to get that bad...that it would just be ladies in bikini's...which, isn't any worse than a day on LG beach!

Houligan
Houligan

The attendees were "underage". If the mother didn't think anything was wrong with this then why were the windows covered up so no one could see inside. The mom was wrong and should be charged. Problem is she'll just get probation.

Simon Dogood
Simon Dogood

Well here is the problem I have with all this I saw the picture that this paper published. Here is my question to all. In the picture sitting in a chair against the wall is a teen holding a bud light. Why isn't the Spare Time losing there license. Also being as they have a restricted license with NYSLA. There has been numerous complaints filed against this corp. Why are they not being penalized for there involvement. They rent the space and are still responsible for the activity being done on there premises. Oh and by the way I have picture from paper of course not altered. And it had to be known that it was a birthday party. I know the DA needs the money from this Corp. for the republican party. Apparently it is business as usual in good old Saratoga County. But this is just my observation from the back seat. As far as the mother I think it would be funny it the court room filled with people just for her appearance. But the judge would have everyone removed. My opinion.

Sceptical Mass
Sceptical Mass

How is it these women are allowed to "perform" with such young people in attendance, as per company policy? Didn't their "escorts" notice these were kids?

Excuse me.

Let me rephrase that. How is it these male "escorts" DIDN'T notice there were 13 year olds being "performed" for? Are there not regulations under the laws governing this form of "entertainment" that prohibit "dancers" from dancing for minors? Isn't the act of performing sexually arousing acts towards a minor a crime? And, if so, why aren't the "performers" getting charged? How is this possible?

So does this mean the mother broke the law by hiring the "services" but the "performers" didn't break the law by suggestively flaunting these same "services" right in front of a 13 year old boy's face?

Incredible!

As for the other witnesses, how is it no one put a stop to it before it even happened? I find this as astonishing as anything, that a group of parents didn't speak up before the "performance" even began.


summit2
summit2

So the girls "stripped" down to what everyone sees on every beach in Lake George every summer, and this is illegal because it was done in private, and not on a public beach?

DWC121
DWC121

You are correct, except for one VERY important part. The young ladies at the private party were apparently sitting, gyrating, dancing... what ever you want to call it.. _ON_ the laps of the children. If you've seen THAT on a particular public beach let me know so I don't go to that beach!

dot2dot
dot2dot

I absolutely agree with Bob...
Mom did show poor judgement...But even that is in hind site...
At the time I suspect it seemed like a 'party everyone will remember' prank.
BUT to me the actual criminal acts here were committed by the dancers.
They clearly could have toned down their act once they saw the situation.
Makes you wonder what their act would have been for an 'adult' party?

DWC121
DWC121

If I was young and at that party I would have been mortified. 30-40 years ago, kids took the time to BE kids and enjoyed the simpler things in life. Unfortunately now-a-days, most children are being forced into being adults with adult situations quicker without the enjoyment and experience of being a child.

Getrodofmurphy
Getrodofmurphy

District Attorney James Murphy needs to stop having people arrested and charged with criminality for acts that are only subjectively "immoral." Mr. Murphy, if you're bored with your job, please find a new one. PLEASE.
Over the past year in particular, Murphy has been pushing along and pressing charges in far too many cases that simply make him sound like Mr. Morality. In fact, his Puritannical persecution of folks has caused more harm to innocent people, including the "victims" in cases involving children, where all parties are shoved into the spotlight just so that Jimmy can get his name in the news with another sexy scandal.
Mr. Murphy is probably not reading this, however. Not because he is too busy solving real crimes, but because he must be on serious hallucinogenic drugs to think he is fighting for the cause of justice when he charges this poor woman with five counts of child endangerment. Folks, I agree that this woman made a mistake hiring dancers for teenage boys. It objectifies women and blah blah blah. And would most folks agree that she should have a reprimand? Sure, maybe. Since we're sitting at home watching this on the news over dinner... yeah sure it's gross.
That kind of thing is what we call - at worst - a violation. Murphy, in this case and others, has instead taken the despicable move of allowing this to be called child endangerment. That means he is trumping it up to a criminal offense, and possibly a sex offense. This is despicable for at least two reasons:
1.) This has placed this poor woman all over the local news in a negative light. Everyone that knows her is going to question everything she's ever done. This could be a good thing as it will show her which people are decent, normal people and true friends, and which people are spineless, insecure idiots that never deserved her friendship to begin with. That said, her quality of life has been placed at very serious risk. She could end up with a criminal record and/or be labeled a sex offender. When you look at it that way, you realize that the real criminal is James Murphy.
2.) District Attorney Jim Murphy has over the past year made an absolute mockery of laws that are intended to protect victims from actual crimes. When he calls hiring some girls to dance for a boy and his friends "child endangerment," he is weakening the meaning of child endangerment. There are people out there who truly abuse children, and to lump this parent among them is completely irresponsible. Mr. Murphy is becoming "The DA Who Cried Criminal," and the true meaning of criminality is getting lost as the community gets distracted by Murphy's masturbatory endeavors to ruin the lives of non-criminals.
To those who are reading this, I do not know Judy, but she has my full support and she should have yours. Our opinions matter.
If you know her, this is NOT the time to say, "You know, she was always a little different. Glad it's not me." Guess what? You're different, too, and if Murphy keeps persecuting innocent people, your differences could make you the next "criminal." Right now, Judy needs your support. That could mean writing a letter on her behalf to send to her attorney to present to the DA's office. It could just mean SPEAKING UP and SAYING OUT LOUD to OTHER PEOPLE that you DO NOT AGREE WITH THESE CHARGES.
If you do not know Judy and you would like to give Mr. Murphy something to read when he wakes up from his stupor, it will be worth the time it takes to write him a letter:
District Attorney James Murphy
Office of the Saratoga County District Attorney
25 West High Street
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Phone: (518) 885-2263
Fax: 884-8627


5756917
5756917

Seriously Post Star? Where's the limit on characters for the above comment?

nyyankee
nyyankee

Wow where to begin? First of all, how is this woman going to be labeled a sex offender when was wasn't charged with any sex crimes? Murphy is just doing his job, he doesn't make the arrests or charge the people with crimes he just prosecutes once charges are made by the police.
OK let me ask you this, what if the boys were girls and the strippers were men? Would you react the same way? Would it be ok for adult men to dance suggestively in front of 14-16 year old girls? To rub their crotches in their faces? It sounds to me, that you have a personal grudge against District attorney Murphy? Did he maybe have some dealings with you? Just wondering, you sound really bitter....

keepitreal13
keepitreal13

Lets put the shoe on the other foot mr getrodofmurhy. If your 15 year old daughter attended one of her girlfriends parties and the parent in charge hed 2 male strippers there. how would you feel about it then? People think its ok, till it happens to their family or someone they love, then its get the guns out, or Mr. Murphy isnt doing his job. Well he is doing his job, this was totally inappropiate behaviour by the mother, the strippers, and the business owner as well, they all should be prosecuted. They all broke the law, PERIOD. Anyways answer my question above, what if it happened to your daughter?

Key
Key

I applaud Mr. Murphy. He is right to prosecute this woman.

CMNSense
CMNSense

Although I definitely agree that this is not the worst thing a parent could do, but it is a wake up call to stop trying to be your child's friend or the "cool parent".

ksid1981
ksid1981

agree with you CMNSense . Go on this women's face book page, most of her pics with this 16 year old look like they are friends their is even a pic of her and this boy standing on a beach each with a pina colada in their hands . And that is exactly what she is trying to be his friend and the cool young mom, I am sorry but if my 14 year old had been at that party and had a lap dance done on him I would be livid and would be filing charges as well, disgusting .

loneoak
loneoak

Lets look at the real problem. PARENTING 101 perhaps this will help you understand the state of kids today.

Baldguy71
Baldguy71

And no mention about the staff at Spare Time allowing or having knowledge that this was going on ?? Yet some one took the time to cover the windows of the room with paper ?!?!

KCN
KCN

Or, if you support James Murphy for doing a great job take that address listed below and tell him to keep up the good work. Way to go DA Murphy. I'll be sure to follow this and I hope the offender is fully prosecuted. I'm sure there will be a deal made and she'll get a fine. Her attorney will paint a picture of a loving mother with children who need her at home. If you looked at those social media outlets you'll see that she does not have many boundaries as she mocks the law at any chance she can.

Big Al
Big Al

I'm a proud parent and I fail to see how this could possibly endanger a child. I was raised with access to nudity and I'm no sex offender or rapist. It often comes from repression. This is trashy, but it's hardly something that could possibly harm a child. The kids are well into their teens, so it's all they already think about. I imagine they've seen this before and it was no mystery when they took their clothes off, if they even did. Any of you with children, I can guarantee they regularly see stuff like this on nearly a daily basis, and you just don't know about it. I'd vote DA Murphy out for this nonsense. It's nothing more than a waste of the court system and an abuse of power if Judy's found guilty of anything. She should mock this legal system, it's awful.

Key
Key

Porn is abnormal. Children should not ever see it.

Jelkon
Jelkon

Getrodofmurphy, seriously, sounds like a witch hunt for Murphy, did he do you "wrong". sounds like you missed the whole point. Your point of "WE MUST SUPPORT MOTHER BECAUSE YOU DON'T LIKE MURPHY Wow. nothing else to say.

dexter
dexter

THANKYOU to Getrodofmurphy for providing the District Attorneys address so that I may contact him and THANK HIM FOR KEEPING STRENGTH IN THE CHILD ENDANGERMENT LAW. Especially with the last 20 months of gross child endangerment issues in Warren and Washington counties.
This mother showed gross lack of respect for others children by showing her entitlement to make bad choices for others children. A gross lack of respect for the law which is a law to protect our children. I never would have questioned the content of a bowling party that my 13 year old son was invited to.
There are boys in Washington and Warren County who have had there life changed for having violated such laws. Why should this same law not apply to this mother? Is it ok for me as a mother to invite my sons friends to my home and perform these same type of sexual contact dances on them and not inform any parents of this?
This type of "mother" is a "predatory person"...if no action is taken.....what would be her next move?

rosiegirl1
rosiegirl1

I agree with Sceptical Mass comment "So does this mean the mother broke the law by hiring the "services" but the "performers" didn't break the law by suggestively flaunting these same "services" right in front of a 13 year old boy's face?" This equates to hiring a prostitute for an 13 year old and after the fact charging the person who paid for the services but not the prostitute for performing them. And I do believe the charges are over exaggerated. She made a poor judgement call and does not deserve having her face and her character splattered all over the media. People need to get a life!

motherof3plus09
motherof3plus09

I get to each their own when parenting BUT IT WAS ILLEGAL so this parents disregard for the law is now a question of morality NO!! She has shown her son that he doesn't have to follow the law...the strippers SHOULD BE CHARGED!

Big Al
Big Al

Not exactly sure how this endangered the child unless one of the strippers weighed over 200 pounds. I think the broad definition of endangerment needs to be updated beyond the Puritanical society's view of what hurts a kid, which in my opinion, stupid societal decisions and heavily religious judges cause more harm. I'm sorry, but nudity and sexuality have been proven to be more of a problem when repressed than when some young mom decides it's time for junior to see some girls chest. It's definitely weird but I fail to see the endangerment. Some of you need to get out more.

Key
Key

These children were given the idea that this kind of display by women is normal. It is deviant behavior for women to strip for children.

local433girl
local433girl

If Mrs. Viger did get a stripper for her young son's birthday party, I think she exercised poor parental judgment. Let's not forget that she's presumed innocent, however.

My issue with this matter is it should have been taken care of privately. District Attorney? Village Police? These are my and your tax dollars, people. Back in my day, the parents of the attendees would have spoken directly to the parent who either arranged this or failed to supervise her son's party. There would have been some fact finding, some harsh words , some statements made about "my son isn't allowed to hang out with your son anymore", etc. It's bad judgment, but it shouldn't be a crime to be dumb.

Not today, where the first reaction is to call the newspaper or the police. Now, Mrs. Viger is either an inadequate mother with bad judgment or a folk hero, depending on which side you take. With the press and government involved, she will learn nothing and her kids will probalby learn the wrong thing.

Key
Key

It is a crime to allow children to be exposed to filth.

gfsdnobrains
gfsdnobrains

getrodofmurphy you like this mother have no common sense. She brought all this on herself the day she made the call to the strippers. No one else is to blame but her. You like the rest who fail to take responsonsibility for your actions. She broke the law Mr. Murphy is doing his job, look it up. And others should question her judgement as a parent and a person.

summit2
summit2

DWC121,

Just go to the beach and watch. Todays kids are not shy by any means.

This is all so blown out of proportion. I agree that parents need to stop being kids "cool friends", and be parents. Mine certainly were NOT cool. at least when I was 15. However, I fail to see how this created any harm to any kid. I don't believe that any body parts were exposed or that any body parts were handled by the dancers, so they danced close. How is dancing close in "beach wear" illegal?

Key
Key

The children were expose to a deviant lifestyle; strippers are perverts.

Drozzsister
Drozzsister

Many parents today very much want to be " friends" with their teenagers.Nothing better than having "cool" parents. Children have friends their own age and need parents who guide them and teach them right from wrong.

My parents were never interested in any of us being "popular".

Times have changed, but, right and wrong never change. I was a very "uncool" mom.

snowbunny
snowbunny

ARE YOU KIDDING ME - a simple slip of good judgment???? Lets see -- my 14 year old son gets an invitation to a birthday party for his classmate who will be turning 16. The party is to be held at a local bowling alley. As a responsible parent I consider this invite. Knowing that it is to be held at a public place and that the bowling alley would not risk losing their liquor license by serving minors (I am not stupid I know that if a 14 year old wants booze he can find a way to get it), I feel comfortable in letting my son go. I buy a birthday gift and at the appointed time drive my child to the bowling alley and drop him off (I know that having your parent at a party is not cool) WHO would ever think that the PARENT of the birthday boy would hire exotic dancers to perform lap dances for the guests.

Maybe the adults present were OK with this “gift” but I have to believe that the general public finds it deplorable. I am not a prude - if my husband were to attend a bachelor party I would guess that there would be entertainment and I might not like it but he (husband) is an adult.

As to the comments about the family name and minor altercations is their past, I do not consider murder, shootings and domestic violence as minor - maybe in the Viger family and friends society but not mine.

CONGRATS to Saratoga County police and DA for taking this on. Now lets hope that the witnesses are not intimidated into changing their testimony.

Wizdumb
Wizdumb

Well personally for me, the fact that she has a 16 year old at 33 tells a little something about her lack of judgement. Maybe she's living vicariously through her son for the lack of childhood she had herself!! Check out her social network page and read the comments from family members and friends about how she's such a wonderful mother...ha! Apparently a family full of idiots sticks with what they know...

Houligan
Houligan

Where would this mom come up with this idea of having a stripper for a 16 year old boy and his friends. Kind of makes you wonder what topics of conversation she carries on with these boys to come up with this idea of strippers. Then to see the pictures posted on the web. What do you expect. I wonder if she thought about any of these boys being embarrassed about what happened.

reggie
reggie

she's 33...the son is 16...she was his age when she had him...where's the outrage over 16 year olds having babies?...just sayin

halfmoon777
halfmoon777

Read the next story folks. These strippers were in close contact and bit a nipple on one of the kids

neverforget911
neverforget911

The mother should be charged with sexual assault too, exposing a young mind to such activity is illegal, as it should be.

loneoak
loneoak

I am amazed by the responses that find this trivial and not a real problem. Now I know why this country has been in moral decline over the years. Finding your uncles playboy when you were 13 is one thing, bring strippers to the party is out of bounds. The precident set in this situation and the continuing erosion of morals could perpetuate this child getting his son a hooker for his birthday.

pursuit
pursuit

The charges are ridiculous These boy's and boy's of any age will see more skin at the beach on a sunny day They will also see a lot more on the internet
There are crime's of violence evey day that need attention why are the cop's wasting time on the stuff Stupid & a waste of taxpayer money

Key
Key

This is illegal. Kids can't legally go to strip clubs, and adults can't legally touch kids in a sexual way, or legally dance suggestively in front of kids while scantily clad. This whole party was a sick idea.

summit2
summit2

loneoak,

so looking at Playboy with total nudity is okay, but having a girl dance in what you can see legally in public isn't?

I guess the Moral decay started with "Dirty Dancing".... Oh wait, Johnny and Baby ended up in bed, so I guess it was the dancing that caused it.

loneoak
loneoak

This was promoted by the parents are you kidding me.

MillaK
MillaK

Judy Viger hires strippers for her son 16th birthday party- Not a chance she or her husband Philip are going for the parents of the year award (http://dailyentertainmentnews.com/breaking-news/ny-mom-judy-viger-arrested-for-hiring-strippers-for-16-year-old-son-photos/)

ConservativeTradesmen
ConservativeTradesmen

Not a big fan of the Viger family here but the whole situation does seem suspect. The mother is criminally liable for her actions but not the dancers when they were well aware of the attendees ages. Not to mention the "Strippers" were legally clothed at all times as well as the attendees. Lets also not forget that it is legal for a female to go completely topless at a public beach in New York State. I think I smell a witch hunt here and I dont appreciate my Tax Dollars being used for such.

Spiney Norman
Spiney Norman

If a bartender serves a 'minor', they can't use the excuse 'I wasn't aware he/she was underage' and I believe the bar owners is charged also. Not trying to start anything here but I find it curious neither the 'dancers' nor their 'management' were charged but the mom, who states she wasn't aware of what was about to take place, was. Unless there is proof that the mom facilitated the 'biting' of bared nipples, how is she responsible for that action ? It sounds to me that one of these dancers crossed the line. And, even if the mom provoked/facilitated that action in some way. how is it that the adult dancer is not held accountable for her own actions ? Even a soldier/police officer can, and is expected to, defy an unlawful order, no ? I have no dog in this race, just find it all pretty odd. BTW, if I was observed having 'mouth to breast' contact with a prostitute, if money was exchanged prior, could we both be charged with ... some 'crime' ? I'm not up on these laws so...... Anyone ?

ConservativeTradesmen
ConservativeTradesmen

You are absolutely correct. It is the entertainers responsibility to ID the patron weather it be a bartender, bouncer, stripper or movie ticket agent. Thus the burden then would also be on the entertainer and ignorance can not be used as a defense as to lawful consent or ignorance of the law. If you had mouth to breast contact with a prostitute no crime would have been committed until vaginal, oral or anal penetration occured. The entertainer could be charged with unlawful touching because consent could not be legaly given. It is in direct comparison to a person over the age of 18 years old having sexual intercourse with a person younger than 17 years old with parental consent. The parental consent would not apply nor nagate the participants criminal culpability. Thus both the participant and the parent would be charged. If the DA's office gave the entertainers immunity for cooperation this case is more suspect because the criminal liabilty of them would be weightier than of the parent

Sceptical Mass
Sceptical Mass

Is NOT stripping and then dancing suggestively in front of minors against the law?

That's the question here, because if it isn't, in other words if you have to be at least topless to be considered an "exotic dancer" (hah! that's a hot one...exotic, yeah right) in the eyes of the law then nothing will much come of this, I'm guessing.

Was the whole situation stupid? What kind of question is THAT? It doesn't GET much stupider.

But if dancing with your clothes on in front of minors is illegal shouldn't the dancers get charged too? The "entertainment" company (another hot one...entertainment) is required by license to follow laws governing their actions as a "business." It looks like it isn't.

It sounds to me like there isn't a case against the "entertainment" company due to the "dancers" having their clothes on, so the police didn't press charges.

If this is the case, why is the mother even being charged with a crime?

Her actions speak for themselves, but were they illegal?

Anna_629
Anna_629

I find this behavior totally repulsive. Seeing scantily clad women at a beach and having one gyrate her body parts in a minors face are not the same. Let me ask all you folks in favor of stripper at a 16yr old boys birthday party,would you be reacting the same way if this were a father having male strippers at a 16yr old girls birthday party and having the men gyrate their junk in your daughters face??? Yeah, that's what I thought, the ol' double standard is alive and well. Obviously this mother (using the term loosely) has no self respect or morals. This is a prime example of the moral decay of our society that everyone talks about.

ARMYMOM73
ARMYMOM73

If this mom truly hired a " Bikini-gram" maybe that's one thing. Hot chick's walking through singing Happy Birthday. If that's what she expected because that's what she paid for why didn't she yank the girl off her son and ask them to leave instead of snapping photos for Facebook? I would have been looking for a refund for not getting what I requested " Bikini-Gram"? Obviously she wasn't at all upset over the inappropriate sexual gestures because she just "snapped" away. Also this made it onto " The View" yesterday Sharon was Outraged! Innocent until proven guilty though. Should be interesting.

keepitreal13
keepitreal13

CONGRATULATIONS District Attorney James Murphy, hope this Judy Viger loses custody of her children as well. She is unfit as a parent PERIOD!!!! How many parents of these children that attended this so-called party would have allowed their children to go had they known about the strippers? By the way I'd supeona the parents of the children that attended and ask them this question on the stand. I hope you go after the strippers, as well as the owner of Spare Time Bowling Alley with full steam ahead, This is unacceptable behavior and must not be tolerated or overlooked. The strippers were fully aware once arriving these were kids, and the business owner allowed this to happen on his premises. This is supposed to be a business that caters to familes and their children. Send the message out and procecute everyone involved that allowed this incident to take place. I will be PROUD to shake your hand when each one of these individuals is sentenced. FULL STEAM AHEAD!!!!

summit2
summit2

What part of this are most of you missing? The girls are being called strippers, when according to the police reports, no clothing was removed. so where is the stripping part?

Is this Mother guilty of poor judgement? In my opinion, yes. Does it go to criminal? I have no idea how. How this "harmed" any child is beyond reason. Mental harm? The only mental harm was that these kids thought it was great. I doubt any of them complained. Now I'm waiting for all the PC people out there to tell us how this lowered the boys opinions of females and how degrading it is to be an exotic dancer.

Of course as others have pointed out, how is it that the dancers are not being charged with anything? Is it legal for a bartender to serve an underage kid at a private party? If not, then how is it legal for a dancer to dance for an underage kid at a party if its illegal? and it "must" be illegal because the Mother is being charged with a crime.

blondie55
blondie55

What is wrong with you people? How are any one of you perfect? I suppose none of you have ever done something with your child that after you thought to yourself - wow that was really dumb? Any of You?? You are probably all perfect parents with perfect children and perfect lives who never do anything wrong and have children who never do anything wrong. You all sit in judgment over someone most of you you don't even know and most of you live in glass houses . How is what the "strippers" did not illegal but what the mom did is? How does that make sense? These adult women had physical contact with boys under 18 years old. How is that legal? You people need to get lives of your own and leave the mom alone.

Key
Key

This would never occur to most parents in the first place; hiring strippers for a child's party. What kind of person wants their child around strippers? The law applies to all people including this defendant.

doug900
doug900

All joking aside folks, referring to my last comment, this, I consider rather inappropriate of this mother, weather it was a stripper, or scantily dressed girls, dancing through the room. It just isn't right, period!

Wizdumb
Wizdumb

@ Spiney Norman "It sounds to me that one of these dancers crossed the line." Really....have you ever been to a bachelor party and witnessed what these dancers do for entertainment while there?????? Obviously not, so to insinuate they crossed the line by biting nipples just sounds ridiculous...I'd say there was some implied consent from the mother by facilitating this whole thing to begin with. For her to say she we shocked at there behavior once there only makes her story seem less convincing. These dancers are being paid to put on a show and the more money that gets thrown at them, the further and racier the performance gets.

neverforget911
neverforget911

My biggest problem with this whole issue is that the "mother" continues to defend the action. If she truly bought a bikini gram and this happened I would think that she would be up in arms over it and would have stopped it immediately. Instead she took numerous pictures of a scantily clad woman presenting her crotch in the face of a minor. The mother’s actions indicate that she feels that no law was broken and that poor judgment was not used either. There ARE laws that apply to this behavior and they WERE broken and they DO APPLY to this "mother". YOU MADE A MISTAKE, GROW UP AND ADMIT IT!

Sweeney
Sweeney

Don't forget, she got herself a lap dance too

Arctic cat girl 8607
Arctic cat girl 8607

Ok first of all NONE of you know her or know how much of an amazing mom she is!! All any of you want to do is bash her, so what she has a known last name & the only reason that name was brought up cuz you are JEALOUS!! Second of all why is she the only one getting bashed you are telling me not a single one of you have let your underage child drink, even a sip is illegal, so who on here is perfect not a single one of you & because of social media networks, Facebook, now things are no longer private, why not the bowling alley for it or the girls, I can go on & on but I'm just gonna end with this you shouldn't throw rocks!! You're an amazing mom Jude & I'm behind ya 110%

Sceptical Mass
Sceptical Mass

Interesting comment...

hdekhtereva
hdekhtereva

What do you think they are jealous of?

Very curious. . . .

nyyankee
nyyankee

Lap dances for her 16 year old son. Yea she sounds like great mom!

Key
Key

Amazingly Immoral. Amazingly Clueless. There is no privacy at a bowling alley. No conscience displayed by anyone who would do this; the adults all did the wrong thing.

Sweeney
Sweeney

First off, the reason the name was brought up was due her her poor judgement. As for my underage kids. HELL NO. As for jealous, what do I have to be jealous of? Being a teen mom, NOT, having an arrest record, NOT. Allowing underage boys to have a strippers crotch in their face, NOT. Doese she deserve jail time, that is up to the DA's office. I do thin she needs some parenting classes and needs to realize she is a mother and not her son's best bud. You can't blame social media for peple having an opinion. If she hadn't done this and used better judgement, heck, take the kid to hooters, her name and face would not be all over the internet.

cg57
cg57

so many things to choose from to comment on this. I'm more mortified by some of the comments made here than I am by the lack of judgement of Mrs. Viger. The only problem I see is that there were others beside her son at this performance, that is a clear problem. But does it rise to the level of a crime? If the women are in bikini's and panties, which in this day and age passes as acceptable wear to a NY Yankee's game, ala, Lady Gaga, then what is the crime, that they were dancing in close proximity to the boys? If they were further back, like on a stage, again like Ms. Gaga, would it be acceptable then. Must be, because she gets away with it, and I'm sure many of her concert goers are underage I'd wager. As to the age, 16. how about asking the boy, or any of the attendees, if they are still virgins. You think in this day and age with sex promoted everywhere, that they haven't seen a naked woman before? Or had sex? Should've waited for one more yr Mrs. Viger.

cg57
cg57

And as to that legal age of 17, what is so special about that. Do you all realize that that is a state by state determination. In some states in the country, they'd be legal already. And what do we all think happens on that magical 17th birthday anyway. Does the hand of God come down and touch them and bless them with all encompassing power to judge everyone's intentions and desires. With raging hormones at that age, I see no difference between a 16 and 18 yr old when it comes to their inability to make a reasoned judgement as to the ramifications or possible repurcussions of having unprotected sex. We as a society have strayed so far away from the Leave it to Beaver, 50's morality of whats right and wrong when it comes to sex, there's no going back. But some here sound like you're wanting to go all the way back to Salem and burn her at the stake, quite Puritanical. Ask yourself, when was your first sexual encounter. If you were older than 16, i think you're in the minority.

Key
Key

That is a totally lewed and inappropriate post.

ThisIsMyCity
ThisIsMyCity

Wow. My kids - never given them a sip. Jealous? Absolutely not. Amazing mom? DEFINITELY not. This whole situation is such a train wreck that Sharon Osborne - who let her kids do a bunch of crap - condemned Judy on national television. When are you going to wake up and realize that this kind of garbage parenting needs to stop? This intense ignorance and stupidity is completely wrecking our country.

hdekhtereva
hdekhtereva

Exercise in critical thinking. . . .

Change the birthday boy to a girl, and the female “Exotic Dancers” to males. Now remember the nipple biting, crotch in face, rubbing/ grinding of body parts upon, and gyrating about all whilst in a thong. (they were NOT in bathing suits; clearly thongs)

How many arrests would there be in this scenario? I think many more. Funny how that works hey? Another poster in the “Teens Describe Lap Dances” article posted a comment similar, and this view from a different angle struck me as a great point to ponder. . . .

Hdek,

Interesting post, suggestive of the commonly referred to "double standard," that was once often out front re: "keeping the lid on" re: sex. Obviously your situation/example gonna' be more seriously regarded... isn't it?

W/ only what little I've seen in "TPS," unless there's more to consider, & though endangerment's a serious charge, adjournment in contemplation of dismissal is, along w/ the generally negative publicity's enough for mom to suffer.

hdekhtereva
hdekhtereva

Yes, I agree with your assessment Boat. It is very nice to do so I might add. . . .

Sweeney
Sweeney

I have to agree with some othe posters, along with Ms. Viger, the strippers should be charged as well and their boss if he was aware this was for a 16th birthday. Ms Vigers chose to be "cool mom" and now has to face ther consequences. From what I understand these are a class A misdemeanor charge and she could face up to a year in prison if convicted. Would this be worth it to be the cool, fun mom? I don't see her actaully getting any time tough. Maybe mom is trying to make up for the teen years she missed by having a child at such a young age herself.

sweidner
sweidner

Sexual arousal is the goal of the exotic dancers, right?? That's their job. Why would a mother want to be in the same room with teenage boys who are sexually aroused? As a mother, I don't want to see my son in that situation! What kind of mother does, certainly not a good mom.

greyghost
greyghost

What she chooses to expose HER child to is her business. She clearly crossed the line when she made the choice for the other parents and children. If I choose NOT to expose my children to that or anything else I may find offensive or morally objectionable NO ONE has the right to go against my or my wife's wishes.
For all you folks who are crowing about what a great mom she is, that tells me a lot about your moral fiber as well. Perhaps the fact that she has like minded friends like you who may have endorsed her foolish idea lead her to think that this whole thing was okay.
If she is guilty, she deserves strict consequences - not a slap in the wrist.

FEFAN
FEFAN

Well said, Greyghost.

rickster
rickster

ArticCatgirl8607 has it right, as well as the Doolittle article in Sundays paper,,,,what a waste of my taxes to push this through the system

the posts show what an overwhelming population of anal retentive people we have up here, beating up on the mother most of us men wish we had

anybody setting up a defense fund for the mother that I can contribute to????

nyyankee
nyyankee

I don't speak for all guys, but I'm glad I had a mother who knew about right and wrong. My mother had enough sense to set l standards and also taught me to respect women. What a horrible way to teach your son that women are to be objectified and thought of in such a tawdry way. So would I have wanted my mother to be like this woman? Not a chance! I'm not a prude by any stretch, but I do have ounce of common sense, something this woman seems to be completely lacking.

Caring Mom
Caring Mom

I can't speak for many people, I can only speak for myself. What this woman did was wrong. She invited children to a surprise birthday party at a bowling alley.Covered windows leading people to believe that it was for the "surprise." Well weren't all the children, & they are children, surprised when these women appeared. These children would all stay, because with all the peer pressure, who would get up and leave. Children didn't volunteer they were "strongly" encouraged to participate because of the mother's encouraging attitude. No, these children weren't physically harmed. I am sure the boys got a "cheap thrill" because of it. Should the mother be prosecuted, you bet she should. She has not shown one bit of remorse. She has never apologized for her total lack of good judgment. Jail is not appropriate for her, but a public apology to the children and their families along with community service- maybe picking up garbage from the side of the road would be appropriate!!

dexter
dexter

How is this woman any different from the 75 year old man in the headlines a few days ago for showing porn to young girls? She isn't different.
This woman is a grown woman who wanted to be in the same room as her OWN SON and your 13-15 year old sons while she paid for other women to turn them on. Then encouraged with "A GO" attitude, taking pictures and posting on social networks! HER OWN SON! Thats gross!
She broke the law.

Spiney Norman
Spiney Norman

Wizdumb - time to drop the 'Wiz'.... just sayin'

Spiney Norman
Spiney Norman

Arctic cat girl: "... you are telling me not a single one of you have let your underage child drink"
Yeah, that what I'm telling you. Believe it or not, not everyone keeps alcohol in the house.
Ever consider this or do you just assume 'everyone drinks'? No need to answer, I've already figured out what yours would be. Go figure that you defend this moms actions/judgement.,She may otherwise be a great mom, no idea, I don't know her but she needs to understand what is appropriate for minors and whats not - especially when other parents have entrusted their kids to her care for the evening (the (party). I'm learning more and more about the people I share a community with and its been ab eye opener. One here actually compared a bachelor party to a kids birthday party. What times we live in !

Wizdumb
Wizdumb

You said it yourself...."A kids birthday party!" Seems a little fishy to think an "adult" would hire women from an adult entertainment business to supply such entertainment for kids...and not expect adult oriented content. The problem is she made that decision for other people's children to witness, there in lies the problem. Pour water from a Poland Spring bottle, and that's what any reasonable person would expect to come out. And this mother shouldn't have expected anything less than what she got when she hired exotic dancers for a party.

sweidner
sweidner

I couldn't agree more with Caring Mom. Plus, now, Ms. Viger is playing the victim. I think she really doesn't believe she did anything wrong. The definition of dysfunctional is when you do something that illicits bad attention. Bad attention is better than no attention, according to Judy. On Ms. Viger's facebook page she is complaining because members of her family are being harassed in school. Yes, Judy, you reap what you sow. If it were me the first thing I would have done is shut down facebook and twitter. Not Judy, she keeps saying; " The truth will come out". Denial is a disease and it's contagious. The bottom line is whether she was in attendance at the party or not. If she wasn't there, then maybe there are extenuating circumstances. If she was in the building, she had a RESPONSIBILITY to keep those children from harm.

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