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.