DA: Additional charges unlikely in exotic dancers investigation
More than three months after police say she hired exotic dancers to perform at her son's 16th birthday party, a Saratoga County woman is arrested on child endangerment charges. YNN's Matt Hunter has more on why future criminal charges are unlikely against the bowling alley or company that employs the dancers.
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SOUTH GLENS FALLS, N.Y. – While the sign out front promises "family fun," authorities say what happened inside the Spare Time Bowling Center in South Glens Falls on November 3rd should have been for adults only.
"If you're sending your kid to a birthday party, you expect ice cream and cake,” Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy said Tuesday. “You don't necessarily expect exotic dancing to go on."
On Monday, South Glens Falls Police arrested 33-year-old Judy Viger and charged her with five counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
Three cell phone photos provided by Murphy’s office appear to show two female exotic dancers performing for the party's underage guests.
Authorities say it remains unlikely anyone else -- including the two dancers -- will face criminal charges.
"Based on their investigation, they [South Glens Falls Police Department] felt the dancers complied with the law and were in no way in violation of the law and therefore not charged," Murphy said.
According to Murphy, the New York State Liquor Authority is conducting its own separate investigation into the party, at which alcohol was allegedly served to adults.
If that investigation reveals alcohol was also given to minors, it's possible the bowling alley could lose its liquor license.
On Tuesday, Spare Time's parent company, Bowl New England, released a statement reading:
"Spare Time bowling center can confirm that a private party did take place on November 3, 2012. Spare Time neither arranged for (nor paid for) the entertainment that was provided at the party. We have cooperated fully with the investigation and will continue to do so."
Authorities say paper over the windows inside the private room shielded the rest of the bowling alley's patrons from seeing the acts allegedly going on inside.
"Based on the statements we have from the dancers, there was no cutting short of the activities," Murphy said.
Viger, who's due back in Moreau Town Court on March 7th, faces up to one year in jail if convicted of all counts.