New York Mom Arrested For Hiring Strippers For Son’s 16th Birthday Party

Judy_VigerWhile some teenage boys might nominate her as “mother of the year,” Judy H. Viger, 33, has been arrested on five counts of endangering the welfare of a child after she allegedly hired strippers to perform at her 16-year-old son’s birthday party.

Prosecutors insist that the dancers (who did not strip nude) did perform intimate dances and that five of the kids were younger than 17. Police also reported that several kids at the party got lap dances. However, there were over 80 kids and adults at the party watching the performance of women from “Tops to Bottoms.”

I find the party wildly inappropriate and I would be exceptionally ticked off if I was not told about the theme (and I would not allow my kid to attend the party). The picture below does show how inappropriate the party was. I cannot imagine any parent watching this type of display, let alone arrange it. However, the question is whether it is a form of endangerment, particularly if the parents of the boys were present. What is interesting is that the parents of the other boys could also be charged under this standard:

§ 260.10 Endangering the welfare of a child.
A person is guilty of endangering the welfare of a child when:
1. He or she knowingly acts in a manner likely to be injurious to the
physical, mental or moral welfare of a child less than seventeen years
old or directs or authorizes such child to engage in an occupation
involving a substantial risk of danger to his or her life or health; or
2. Being a parent, guardian or other person legally charged with the
care or custody of a child less than eighteen years old, he or she fails
or refuses to exercise reasonable diligence in the control of such child
to prevent him or her from becoming an “abused child,” a “neglected
child,” a “juvenile delinquent” or a “person in need of supervision,” as
those terms are defined in articles ten, three and seven of the family
court act.
3. A person is not guilty of the provisions of this section when he or
she engages in the conduct described in subdivision one of section
260.00 of this article: (a) with the intent to wholly abandon the child
by relinquishing responsibility for and right to the care and custody of
such child; (b) with the intent that the child be safe from physical
injury and cared for in an appropriate manner; (c) the child is left
with an appropriate person, or in a suitable location and the person who
leaves the child promptly notifies an appropriate person of the child’s
location; and (d) the child is not more than thirty days old.
Endangering the welfare of a child is a class A misdemeanor.

The use of “moral welfare” in the language is highly problematic from a constitutional standpoint. Since there was not physical harm, the only enforceable basis would be mental harm. Would watching or even participating in a lap dance be mentally harmful for a 16 year old boy today? Should this be charged as a crime?


Source: New York Daily

77 thoughts on “New York Mom Arrested For Hiring Strippers For Son’s 16th Birthday Party”

  1. If I was defending this lady in a jury trial, I think I would want a panel of unmarried men. I would not want any school teachers or preachers on the jury. Some culturally deprived guys who have never seen a stripper would be fair and balanced.

  2. Arrested for being tacky! First, haul off all the damn legislators and THEN go after the mothers, puh-leez!

  3. Rafflaw,

    As a friendly joke: It is the things not said that count. That pretty well covers our media scene. and government too. 🙂
    Ergo, you MUST be a hidden racist. Logical? Civil at least. No snark meant for you but for our system.

  4. Raff,

    And I respect you for that… But it seems anymore folks are looking for things to be bent out of shape over…. And if this kid were black…. Someone might had made you out to be a racist… Which I have it on a hunch based upon your posts that you’re not a racist….

  5. I read on another blog that the mother wanted to be the cool mom and ended up being the “creepy” mom. Kids put parties up on facebook so expect to be outed. A thirteen year old posted and the parent read the post and called the authorities. Keep your boundaries with your kids, and they and you will be all the better for your efforts. Nothing in this story has to do with race that I can see.

  6. AY,
    I might agree with you if I had mentioned race in any way in the original posting.

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  8. blhlls,

    Of course you were. I was just using you to launch a kick at the DA’s prosecutorial leeway which I think we agree is abusive.

    Don’t answer. Your practice may depend on it.
    Glad to hear that your jurisdiction is as crazy as most are.

  9. Raff,

    I can see where the poster stated this and why based upon others comments or in this case lack of comments. I agree with another poster that basically indicated that if you see everything in racial overtones you must be a racist at heart…. I am one of the lucky ones that does not look at race in deciding whether I like a person or not….


    Always a breath of fresh air when you post, your knowledge is exceptional…..

  10. Idealist 707: By “my jurisdiction” I was referencing the state in which I practice. As to the available charges, I was relying both on my own knowledge of the applicable statutes and the prosecution of a parent in a similar situation.

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  12. Having an open door to discussion would be IMHO the important factor in a home environment. Might be scary for adults to find out how narrow -minded that they are.

    Sorry for the mommy generation. but better than the pappa/motherless generations earlier.

    Is mommyism proof that our world is more threatening now? I think so.

  13. “The interesting thing was that in school, where most of my daughter’s friends were kept ignorant about sex, many of the girls were what I would call “boy crazy”. My daughter’s, who are now grown, never went through that phase and both have proved quite capable of maintaining stable relationships.”

    Obligatory early biological and sex education, in mixed (boys and girls) classes, even for muslims and private schools, should be enforced as it is in Sweden. The boy craziness is eliminated at least. and teen pregnancies too. “STD can’t get me foolishness” still thrives as all are on the pill from puberty (more or less) . But the school teachesm on phallic objects, both boys and girls how to put on a condom. Practice makes it easier in reality.

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