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A New York mother has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child after she allegedly hired two strippers to dance at her 16-year-old son’s birthday party.
Judy Viger, 33, faces the possibility of jail time after police filed five charges of endangering the welfare of a child against her in connection with her son’s birthday party at a local bowling alley.
The party took place at Spare Time Bowling Alley back in November, but steamy pictures emerged on Facebook this month which prompted a police investigation. Authorities got involved after a parent alerted officials of the racy pictures, and the investigation revealed that five of the attendees were younger than 17, and one individual was as young as 13.
According to the police report, Viger is accused of “organizing, managing, and paying” for the party where the two strippers engaged in “personal and intimate dances for some party attendees.”
Criminal Defense attorney Avery Appelman explains what would happen of the incident had taken place in Minnesota.
“The State of Minnesota specifically prohibits this, as §617.294 of the Minnesota Criminal Code states that it is a crime for someone to “knowingly admit a minor… to a place of public accommodation where there is exhibited a… dance… presented before an audience which, in whole or in part, depicts nudity,” said Appelman. “Unfortunately for mom, although I’m sure the boys in the group were extremely amused, the legislature of most states has decided that this type of entertainment shall be reserved for those who are over the age of 18.”
Charges have not been brought against the entertainers or the bowling alley. When asked about the incident, Spare Time Bowling alley released the following statement.
“Spare Time Bowling Center can confirm that a private party did take place on November 3rd, 2012. We neither arranged for (nor paid for) the entertainment that was provided at the party. Spare Time has been cooperating fully with the investigation and will continue to do so.”
The entertainers, who are employed by Tops in Bottoms, said they didn’t know the attendees were underage and they think the matter is being “blown out of proportion.”
Viger did not want to comment on the issue, but she posted a message to her Facebook page that said her family is currently going through a “difficult time.” She is scheduled to appear in court March 7.
Related source: ABC News