Won't someone think of the children???
SOUTH GLENS FALLS, N.Y. — At the southern end of town, about a mile and a half from Cooper’s Cave, a spot memorialized in James Fenimore Cooper’s “Last of the Mohicans,” a far less bucolic locale has dragged this small North Country community of 3,500 people into the limelight.
South Glens Falls Police Department Judy H. Viger was arrested after she hired two exotic dancers to perform at a birthday party for her 16-year-old son.
Inside the Spare Time Family Fun Center, a 42-lane bowling alley, a November birthday party for a 16-year-old boy has gained an outsize level of notoriety because of the party favors offered that day: two exotic dancers, who performed for some of the invited guests.
The dancers entertained in a separate, enclosed bar area, and the glass doors and windows were covered with brown paper so bowlers and other patrons could not see what was going on.
But South Glens Falls is a small town, and word spread quickly, especially on social media.
“It was all over Facebook,” said Xavier DeLuke, a 17-year-old junior at South Glens Falls High School.
Daniele Fish, a parent, said, “I’m sure a lot of kids knew about it right away. My sixth-grader came home and told me about it.”
But it was not until last Monday, when the boy’s mother, Judy H. Viger, 33, was arrested on charges of endangering the welfare of a child, that the episode went viral.
Calls have come in from media outlets around the world. Jay Leno even opened his monologue Thursday night with a three-joke sequence about the party.
“Hey,” Mr. Leno said. “Have you heard about this?”
The answer, to the dismay of many residents here, was an unqualified yes.
“It’s mind-boggling,” said the mayor of South Glens Falls, Keith Donohue. “My sister and brother-in-law live in D.C. and it’s the talk of the town down there, too.”
About 80 people were present at the party, including guests as young as 14. Some who were upset by the lewd conduct told their parents, who reported the incident to police.
“They were expecting ice cream, cake and presents, not lap dancing and exotic dancing,” said the Saratoga County district attorney, James A. Murphy III.
Ms. Viger, of nearby Gansevoort, is accused of hiring two female adult “entertainers” who performed “personal and intimate dances” for some party attendees, police said.
Photos surfaced on Facebook. One picture, made available by Mr. Murphy’s office, shows a female dancer, wearing only a thong and bikini top, with her legs wrapped around a teenage boy’s head and shoulders.
The exotic dancers work for a business called Tops In Bottoms, in Albany, that provides female adult entertainers for special events.
“A lot of bad decisions were made,” the company’s owner, Nathan Rice, said.
Ms. Viger, who is to be arraigned on March 7, could not be reached, and her lawyer, Joseph Brennan, did not return calls for comment. Because Ms. Viger is charged with a misdemeanor and she has no prior convictions, she probably will face no jail time, Mr. Murphy said.
Police said no other arrests are expected.