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Mom pleads not guilty to hiring strippers for son's 16th birthday


MOREAU, N.Y. - The mother who allegedly hired exotic dancers for her son's 16th birthday party at a bowling alley in South Glens Falls was arraigned Thursday morning.

33-year-old Judy Viger, of Gansevoort, was charged with five counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child when arraigned Thursday in the Town of Moreau. Her attorney entered a not guilty plea on her behalf to all five counts.

"What occurred here does not constitute a violation of the statute, she really didn't do anything that was a violation of the law," Viger's attorney, Joe Brennan said.

Viger was charged after an investigation into her son's 16th birthday party revealed that she organized, managed, and paid for a the party "where two female entertainers were hired and introduced to perform personal and intimate dances for some party attendees."

Police say five of the party attendees, including Viger's son, were under the age of 17.

"What was intended was a pg bikini gram where a young woman would appear in a bikini and sing happy birthday and that was supposed to be the extent of the involvement and what actually transpired after that is not what she made arrangements for," Brennan said.

Police were notified about the party by other teens' parents when they observed photos posted on social networking sites from the party, held November 3rd at the Spare Time bowling alley, on Saratoga Road.

At least one image showed a nearly nude, tattooed woman clinging upside down to a seated teen, with her head between his knees and legs wrapped around his neck, as others look on.

"There are people that certainly may view this as inappropriate, but it's not a criminal violation," Brennan said.

She faces up to one year in jail if convicted. Her next court appearance is April 4th. Brennan says he plans to ask for the case to be dismissed.

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