MOREAU -- The Moreau woman who faces charges of child endangerment in connection with the hiring of exotic dancers for her son’s 16th birthday party has chosen to avoid a trial and accept a plea deal, according to her lawyer.

Judy H. Viger is scheduled to appear Thursday morning in Moreau Town Court to notify Justice Timothy Alden whether she will demand a trial on five misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a child.

The plea deal, known in the court system as an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal, would result in charges being dropped if she completed community service and was not arrested for 6 months. The amount of community service was being negotiated, but it was expected to total no more than 60 hours.

Viger had asked for a week to think about the plea offer when in court last on Oct. 31. If a plea deal is not entered into Thursday, the case will be scheduled for trial.

Her lawyer, Joseph Brennan, said Viger was willing to accept the deal and perform community service. Saratoga County prosecutors have given her the option of community service or completing a parenting class, but Brennan said it appeared she will opt for community service.

“It’s going to be resolved,” he said. “She doesn’t want to subject her family to any more publicity.”

Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy said his office had not been notified Tuesday morning of Viger’s decision on a plea agreement, but was told that Brennan had sent a letter to Alden last week.

The charges pertain to a party held Nov. 3, 2012 at the former Spare Time Family Fun Center in South Glens Falls.

The allegations, which have resulted in extensive media attention, came to police attention after Viger posted photos of the dancers on social media websites, and parents who had allowed their teen children — some high school freshmen as young as 14 — to attend the party became upset when learning of the “dancer” performances.

Viger, 34, told police she paid for what she thought would be a “bikini gram” for the party in which women in bathing suits sing happy birthday.

South Glens Falls Police, though, found evidence that contradicted that account, and said teens received lap dances and Viger did nothing to stop them. One teen had a nipple bitten and was scratched by one of the women.

The charges are punishable by up to 2 years in Saratoga County Jail.

(32) comments

ab

Wow... she gets not only to chose a plea deal, BUT she get to chose her "punishment" as well. Got to love our justice system.

NonLinearVue

Ms. Viger finally made a good decision. Great! Lets hope it continues...

Bolton Insider

And She still REFUSES to tell the TRUTH.If anyone saw the absolutely REVOLTING pictures and did not think that this "'So called" Mom did not KNOW what was going on then You too need Your head examined .Now all Her defenders will start spewing and telling anyone with one ounce of decency that WE are wrong in Our opinions and yada yada yada .Truth is what she is getting is a mere slap on the wrist with NO accountability on Her part and that to Me is most disturbing..Chances are You will hear from that bunch again no DOUBT .

Truth_be_told

Ok let's give it up on this one. If she supplied prostitutes and crack to some teens i'd get it, but this is dumb. I'd say there is a good chance that a group of 16 year olds have already seen what they saw that night. LET IT GO

Key

Why condone what happened? This lewd themed party was not appropriate for children.

theMaven

Wonder how much that cost us and her in legal fees?

It sounds like a charge utterly devoid of merit from day one, ergo, she got abused by the system for whatever silly reason.

If there were any basis to the charges, for certain, they would have arrested the "strippers" or whatever they called themselves, as they were the individuals who actually "endangered" the welfare of the minors.

I dunno, maybe they just pick and choose whom they arrest and persecute over there based on whoever looks to be an easy target?

Damn, but our legal system stinks.

Key

There is no abuse by the system. What she did was wrong, or she would not need to plea deal. The charges were right and totally warranted.

theMaven

You're right, she should have spent $10,000 to $100,000 or more if appealed just because the DA had a bee in his bonnet.

You're right, anyone who takes a plea deal, is not fiscally prudent, just flat out guilty.

Justice, or more properly Law, is not just for the super rich, it is for everyone. just ask anyone who has had a public defender, just find out which jail they are in.

and Santa claus is real, he winters in Las Vegas with the Easter Bunny.

Again, if there really was criminal activity, why not go after the ladies involved and their, eer, business manager? Maybe because they would fight back?

Sceptical Mass

I could NOT agree more, maven. The questionable activity was provided by the "entertainers" or "artists," or whatever one would like to refer to them as, not by the mother.

Why weren't they prosecuted? Why wasn't the bowling alley prosecuted?

So let's take this one step further: if she had hired the "entertainers" to dance and one of them pulled out a gun and shot someone would Mrs. Viger be responsible for that action as well?

WT

Sweet deal. So, why even bother to let it go this far? It would have been less embarrassing for the DA's office to have just dropped the case months ago.

scottiedog

Accepting the plea deal is the right thong to do. She can put it behind her.

YMan

I was hoping for a trial. She likely already apologized to the parents involved, a while ago. Maybe the press and the 20 nosey neighbors that have been hounding the DA's office will stop.

Key

Why did they put paper over the window if there was nothing to be ashamed of? It is not "nosy" to demand that the government investigate the incident. What happened that day was wrong behavior, and there is no valid excuse for what took place in that room.

YMan

If the DA asked during trial, the defense would've likely responded "SUPRiSE Party"; Maybe somebody had photoporphyria. I understand a parent being p!ss#d if NEITHER parent knew, but guess what, if your partner went with your kid, who's at fault? -OR- Your co-parent partner can use the host as a scape goat! The DA put no valid charges on her, he just threw charges out there, and hoped they stick. The nosey neighbor faction, all about twenty of them, fail to read the law and elaborate how the charges are justified. Nosey Neighbor just knows if its against their personal beliefs another cant do it, much like a communist dictator, and opposite of the Libertarian value of "people should do as they please, as long as, they don't NEGATiVELY EFFECT that of ANOTHER".

Key

No. If it was ok to do this than no one would have to worry about being caught. Children were harmed in this incident. The wrong conduct in front of children is everyone's business, it is not private.

YMan

Where would you interpret that she was "worried about getting caught". The Papers and the investigative reports reflect that she elaborated that it happened and she hosted it, you know why she didn't lie, because the action is NOT a CRIME. Only persons that should be mad here, are the parents of the child whom both parents were unaware of the type of party. Its more of a MOOT topic, than a private one. KEY you again failed to reference anything but your usual diatribe and thoughts on your own personal social norm.

Sceptical Mass

Nothing like a waste of everyone's time....

262632

Shame on the DA and judge for allowing the plea. There were 13 year olds present. There were pictures. Why has this taken a year to resolve?

pfenton

My birthday is coming up in late December and I was just "thinkin" maybe Judy would consider planning a surprise party for me as part of her "community service" requirement.

Ur GFn Me

Biting nipples and scratching?! A plea deal?! Huh.

DWC121

I wonder if she'll be arrested within the next 6 months. If she is, the story will continue.

I'm just glad she was not my Mom. 16 is too young to be subjected to adult themes and ideas. Children are forced OUT of childhood way too soon these days. Enjoy your younger years AS CHILDREN as long as you can. You'll get old soon enough without any help.

JJ

She got a sweet deal. . She's lucky she didn't ave to go yo tral.

YMan

DA had nothing to start, he's the only one that win's here. It'll up his conviction rate. Saratoga DA just distributes unwarranted charges, and comes back with convictions. Or is it an ignorant public/jury, or shotty local Defense Attorneys!

CallitasIseeit

She's "lucky" her last name is Viger. That's why she's getting away with it

steelblue91

GO JUDY!, I WISH YOU WERE MY MOTHER!!! YOU KNOW HOW TO THROW A PARTY!!GOOD LUCK IN COURT, ROCKIN!!!

Key

That is an offensive comment. The party was wrong, wrong, wrong. No moral values displayed in your post.

MattyB

Think this whole thing was a waste of time. The people that are upset are the ones with the young kids there. Better question is why didn't the parents of those kids ask Judy what was going to go on during the parties. They are just as guilty of child endangerment. Anyways glad it's over and think she got harsh of enough sentience for what she did. No one got hurt but her own family.

Loni H

If you took your child to a birthday party at a bowling alley, what do you think would be going on. I thought bowling, cake, pizza, and that kind of stuff. I wouldn't think it would be necessary to ask what was going on, because it is implied when a party is held in a public place, a bowling alley, nothing would be happening. No I am not guilty of child endangerment because I let my son attend the party. What would you have done, interrogate the mother before the party. If the party was held at her home, I definitely would have asked the obvious questions, but never would I, or would anyone, ever think women from an "adult entertain" company would be in attendance.

neverforget911

I wonder what she has planned for his 18th birthday party!?!

Bolton Insider

Maybe a prostitute and then She can LIE AGAIN and say She thought Little Red Riding Hood was who She "REALLY THOUGHT " was coming over to play

NonLinearVue

CallitasIseeit:
Re: Judy Viger is "...lucky her name is Viger [& is] why she got away with it"? (Sic)

Please clarify: how does the surname "Viger" help someone get away with alleged criminal activity?

Have they popped up to prominence in the region?

All I recall of that name (I admittedly don't know any of them), from growing up in this region to present, are the myriad of blotter-type headlines about the Viger clan in the paper. Perhaps I've missed something?

mskitt

Maybe by his next birthday he will be a daddy.

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