Images of the party surfaced on Facebook, prompting police to look into it further. This image appeared on a video report from WNYT TV.
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A mother who police say hired strippers to "perform personal and intimate dances" for young teens at her son's 16th birthday party has been arrested in New York state, reports the Glens Falls Post-Star.
Judy Viger's boy had a Sweet 16 like no other, if the police report proves true: Two exotic dancers in a private room with a papered-over window at the Spare Time Bowling Center, giving lap dances in the presence of five kids under 17. The youngest was allegedly 13.
About 80 people attended the party on Nov. 3 of last year, where a bartender served alcohol to the adults, according to the Schenectady Daily Gazette.
Some parents and teens who attended the shaker were "outraged" and brought it to the attention of police. Police heard in their initial investigation that the dancers were merely providing "bikini grams" as advertised on the website of Tops in Bottoms Entertainment of Albany, N.Y.
However, pictures surfaced on Facebook that looked more like the bachelor parties and stripograms that Tops in Bottoms also offers.
Police conducted a three-month investigation with the full cooperation of Tops in Bottoms, which is not accused of breaking any laws.
However, 33-year-old Viger faces charges on five counts of endangering the welfare of children.
"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," Murphy said.
State law defines endangering the welfare of children as “knowingly acting in a manner likely to be injurious to the physical, mental or moral welfare of a child younger than 17.”