MOREAU -- Statements given to police by teens who attended the birthday party for a 16-year-old Moreau boy where scantily clad dancers were among the entertainment say one dancer bit a teen’s nipple while another questioned how old some of the partygoers were.
“The brunette said she was a little surprised at how young everyone was at the party,” 15-year-old William Shill told State Police, according to court records. “The blond didn’t seem to mind.”
Another teen, Stephen Hubinsky, 16, told police that the blond stripper pulled his shirt up as she gave him a lap dance, bit one of his nipples and scratched his chest.
Written statements signed by four teens were filed Tuesday in Moreau Town Court as part of the case against the mother of the teen for whom the party was organized.
The mother, Judy H. Viger, 33, of Gansevoort was charged with five misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child, pertaining to specific teens under the age of 17 who last Nov. 3 received “lap dances” or other similar physical contact with two women in bras and panties.
The party was thrown at Spare Time Bowling Center for the 16th birthday of Viger’s son, Reggie. Judy Viger organized the gathering and arranged for the dancers through Tops in Bottoms, a Saratoga County provider of entertainers, court records show.
“The defendant did enable and encourage the entertainers to perform a personal and intimate style dance to each of the juveniles, which was presented in a sexual manner,” wrote South Glens Falls Police Patrolman Phil Lindsey.
The dancers were interviewed by police and were not charged.
The five teens identified as victims in the case were 15 and 16 years old, but one partygoer told police teens as young as high school freshmen were present at the party.
Shill told police that Judy Viger called the women’s performance a “bikini gram,” and said the dancers would not take tips “because they weren’t stripping.”
One girl who received a lap dance, Carly L. Brown, 16, said the women performed for 10 to 15 minutes.
“Judy told me it was unexpected that the girls put their crotches in Reggie’s face,” Brown told police.
Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy said parents of the partygoers did not know beforehand about the adult entertainment and were “shocked and stunned” when they learned of it.
“As difficult as it may be for us to have to weigh in on these kinds of cases, certainly exposing the unsuspecting children to this sort of ‘entertainment’ goes beyond the pale when it comes to what is appropriate for a 14-, 15- and 16-year-old child,” Murphy said in a news release. “It is important to remember that it is the other kids and their parents who came forward and who initiated the investigation. The police correctly followed up on legitimate, good faith complaints and the police owed it to them to conduct an earnest investigation into the matter.”
Murphy said police are working with the State Liquor Authority as the agency investigates a possible liquor license violation for allowing adult entertainment.
Jane Bryan, human resources director for Spare Time's parent company, Bowl New England Inc., said the company did not arrange for or pay for the party, and has cooperated with police.
Someone covered with paper the glass doors to the private room in the bowling alley where the party was held.
Judy Viger was released, pending prosecution in Moreau Town Court on March 7. She told The Post-Star in November that the entertainers were not strippers but women hired to deliver a “bikini gram” and sing happy birthday to her son.