For reasons that still aren't clear, Judy Viger thought it'd be a good idea to hire strippers for her son's 16th birthday party. Maybe she thought it'd make her a cooler mom. Maybe she lost a bet with her son. Or maybe she just has terrible judgement. Probably all three. Regardless of her reasoning, she hired the strippers and now she's facing the consequences. Four months after the party, Viger was arrested and charged with five counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
The party, which took place in a private room at the Spare Time Bowling Center in South Glens Falls, New York, featured two strippers who reportedly performed lap dances on the birthday boy and other underage guests, the youngest of whom was 13. "Several kids at the party got lap dances," South Glens Falls Police Chief Kevin Judd told the Glens Falls Post-Star.
Because it's 2013, pictures of the party made their way online and the mother of a 15-year-old who attended the party saw them on her son's Facebook page. She contacted police, who interviewed many of the 80 people who attended the party.
"The charges stem from an allegation that she endangered not only the welfare of her own child, but the welfare of the 14- and 15-year-old children that were at the birthday party as well," Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy told the Glens Falls Post-Star.
Tops in Bottoms, the company that provided the strippers, cooperated with the investigation and won't face charges. If convicted, Viger faces up to a year in jail.