Judy Viger arrested for "adult female entertainers" at party with children
Release Date: February 19, 2013
DA's Office receives South Glens Falls Police File regarding mom who had "adult female entertainers"
at son's 16th birthday while other kids less than 16 were present
Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy, III announced today that he is in receipt of the South Glens Falls Police Department's investigation into the charges against Judy H. Viger, DOB 10-5-79, of 90 Dimmick Rd. Gansevoort, NY of 5 counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child relating to 5 children who attended her son's birthday party on November 3, 2012 at the Pines Lanes Bowling Alley at 166 Saratoga Rd., in South Glens Falls, NY.
The South Glens Falls Police filed complaints brought by 5 teenager's parents who alleged that Ms. Judy Viger's hiring of adult female entertainers from Tops N' Bottoms, endangered their child's welfare while they attended a birthday party. The birthday party was given by Ms. Viger for her son's 16th birthday. The parents of the children who attended had no idea that the adult female entertainers would be present and were shocked and stunned when they discovered what had occurred. Pictures of the event and the dancers first surfaced in media accounts of the story once they were posted to one of the attendees' Facebook page. It was after that the parents forwarded them on to the Post Star newspaper and television station WNYT. In addition, the DA's Office received copies of the information charging Ms. Viger with 5 Counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The picture that has been in the public domain is attached to this release.
Ms. Viger will be arraigned in the Town of Moreau on March 7, 2013 and will be ROR'd.
District Attorney Murphy said "The South Glens Falls Police Department conducted a thorough 3 month investigation in order to obtain statements from witnesses who were present at the party, including the dancers, bowling alley employees, the children and adults who attended and of course the complaining witnesses. After the police finished the investigation they advised me that they had sufficient evidence to charge at least 5 counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child relative to the acts performed on the children by the dancers all at the alleged direction, arrangement, organization and supervision by and of Ms. Viger. 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 14, 15 and 16 year old child. 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."
The South Glens Falls Police Department will be cooperating with the NYS Liquor Authority in a separate investigation into the bowling alley's licensing for alcohol on premises while adult female entertainers allegedly performed.
Ms. Viger faces a maximum sentence of up to 1 year in jail if she were convicted of the charge. The 5 separate crimes would necessarily run concurrently since they allegedly occurred at the same time.
No further comment will be forthcoming from the District Attorney at this time.
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