South Glens Falls, NY – Judy Viger, 33, is facing five counts of endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly hiring two women to “dance” for five teens at her son’s 16th birthday party.
Concerns arose when racy pictured appeared online from the November party, held at Spare Time Bowling Center in a private room. Several captured scantily clad women dancing provocatively or frozen in lewd or questionable poses involving the teens.
All of the teens involved were under the age of 17. The strippers were unaware the teens were underage. They’d been commissioned as entertainment from Tops in Bottoms by the mother of the birthday boy.
No additional arrests are expected in this case. Viger is set to appear in court on March 7, 2013.
New York penal law, statute 260.10 endangering the welfare of a child, defines the offense as:
“A person is guilty of endangering the welfare of a child when he or she knowingly acts in a manner likely to be injurious to the physical, mental, or moral welfare of a child less than seventeen years old.”
Someone who directs or authorizes a child to engage in an occupation involving a substantial risk of danger to his or her life or health.
Being a parent, guardian, or other person legally charged with the care or custody of a child less than eighteen years old, he or she fails or refuses to exercise reasonable diligence in the control of such child, ultimately failing to prevent abuse.
Endangering the welfare of a child is a class A misdemeanor in New York. The penalty for a class A misdemeanor is a fine not exceeding $1,000.
Do you think the situation was blown out of proportion, or do you feel the mother in this case should face criminal charges?
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