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Gansevoort mother considers deal in alleged hiring of strippers for teen party

Gansevoort mother considers deal in alleged hiring of strippers for teen party

A Gansevoort woman who allegedly hired exotic dancers to entertain at her son’s 16th birthday party

A Gansevoort woman who allegedly hired exotic dancers to entertain at her son’s 16th birthday party last year is taking an extra week to consider a plea deal.

Judy Viger’s attorney, Joseph Brennan, asked for and received a week’s delay Thursday from Moreau Town Justice Timothy Alden. Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III said Viger has until Nov. 7 to accept the deal or they will begin a trial on five counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Murphy declined to comment on what his office was offering, except to say the penalty wouldn’t include prison, probation or fines. He said the offer has been available to Viger since the beginning of this case months ago.

Thursday was supposed to be the first appearance in the trial, after Alden rejected a dismissal motion from Brennan. The judge ruled the hiring of the dancers could cause injury to the physical, mental or moral welfare of a child and the case against her could proceed.

Brennan previously maintained his client thought the dancers would only perform singing “bikinigrams,” and she tried to stop them when things got out of hand. Two women allegedly did lewd dances for five teens younger than 17 during the party at a bowling alley Nov. 3, 2012.

Brennan said it took his client 10 minutes to get them to stop after the performance turned into more than she expected.

Murphy said his office is ready to move forward with the case if Viger turns down the plea deal.

“We have identified and located the dancers, and they have agreed to cooperate,” he said. “We would also call the five kids who are witnesses. We are ready for trial.”

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