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.