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Cops: Woman hired strippers for teen party

Cops: Woman hired strippers for teen party

A woman was charged Monday with five counts of endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly arra
Cops: Woman hired strippers for teen party
Judy Viger of Gansevoort was charged with hiring strippers for a 16-year-old boy’s birthday party.

A woman was charged Monday with five counts of endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly arranging a 16th birthday party for a local boy at which exotic dancers gave him and other boys suggestive lap dances.

Judy H. Viger, 33, of Dimmick Road in Gansevoort, was arrested by South Glens Falls police after a lengthy investigation. The Associated Press identified her as the mother of the birthday boy, but village police would not confirm that.

The birthday party was held Nov. 3 in a secluded banquet room at Spare Time Bowling Center on Route 9 in South Glens Falls. At first, it was portrayed by organizers as having women delivering a harmless “bikini gram” to the boy turning 16.

But photos that appeared on social networking websites showed the two female adult entertainers in suggestive positions with the underage boys.

Viger is accused by police of organizing, managing and paying for the birthday party where two female entertainers were hired to “perform personal and intimate dances for some party attendees,” according to a police statement.

Police said five of the birthday party attendees were under 17 years old.

Viger was issued an appearance ticket to appear in Moreau Town Court on March 7. No other arrests are expected, police said.

For months, police investigators were trying to determine whether any laws were broken when the pair of exotic dancers from Tops in Bottoms of Albany performed for a crowd of about 80 people at the bowling alley.

Police told The Gazette in November that the dancers performed in a room full of teenagers, some as young as 14, while a bartender sold alcohol to the adults at the party.

Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III said in November the digital images from that party that surfaced on Facebook seemed very unsuitable for a teenage birthday party.

He said in late November that the company that provided the female entertainers would not be prosecuted. He said Tops in Bottoms was cooperating fully with the investigation and did not appear to have broken any laws. The company website advertises “bikini grams” that range from “mild” to “wild” — from PG to R-Plus — depending on the needs of the customer.

Murphy could not be reached Monday to comment on Viger’s arrest. The Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office was closed in observance of Presidents Day. Also unavailable for comment Monday was the State Liquor Authority, which would investigate any violation of rules for serving alcohol.

A digital picture that surfaced from the Nov. 3 party at the bowling alley shows a woman dressed in a bra and G-string underwear with her head between a young man’s legs and her thighs wrapped around his neck. The mother of a 15-year-old boy who attended the party apparently discovered that photo and others while perusing his Facebook page. Murphy said in November that the mother immediately went to the police.

The statement released by police on Monday announcing Viger’s arrest said no other arrests are expected in the case.

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