You Be The Jury: Mom hires strippers for sweet sixteen partyon February 20, 2013 @ 1:23 pm (Updated: 5:52 pm - 2/20/13 )
Dori Monson Show listeners to decide the fate of a New York woman facing jail time after hiring strippers for her son's sweet 16.
Judy Viger, 33, is accused of hiring two exotic dancers for her son's 80-person party at a Glens Falls bowling alley. Some of the guests were as young as 13 and other moms were understandably outraged. She was arrested and charged Monday with endangering the welfare of a child, and now faces up to a year in jail if convicted.
"Doesn't that seem a little illegal," said producer Jake, "from the stripper's perspective?"
But Police say the agency that sent the "dancers", Tops in Bottoms, was unaware that they were going to be dancing for minors. Officers involved say they have cooperated fully and will not be prosecuted.
But Dori thinks the woman shouldn't be prosecuted. He says it's a case of bad judgment, not a crime, although if another dad threw a party for one of his daughter's friends and brought male strippers, he'd probably be out for blood.
"In all honesty, I'd say no charges at all," said Dori. "There were other adults there, they could have said or done something. She's an idiot. I'd keep my kid away from her kid."
Listeners overwhelmingly agreed with Dori, saying that sixteen-year-olds probably have seen worse on the Internet. Even an ex-cop who called in said he wouldn't consider it a criminal offense.
"It's kind of uncomfortable reality," said Michael, "that kids are becoming sexually active at a younger and younger age."
"No, I wouldn't charge her," said listener John. "I'd let it go. I think it's cool."
News anchor Ursula Reutin said that she would have yanked her son out of the party. But she doesn't think the mom should go to jail.
"That picture, though, that would be aggressive even for adults. That is a serious lap dance," said Ursula. "I'd say charge her so that would appease people who are really upset, but find another punishment so she show she has learned from her mistake."
Jake observed that this woman is probably the same kind of parent who would buy alcohol for her son and his friends. That makes him want to teach her a lesson, and he suggested community service or probation.
Now Dori wants you to decide: should this mom go to jail for hiring strippers for her son's sweet sixteen party?
What you're saying on Facebook:
Jonny Hernandez: Horrible judgment, absolutely, but I dont think she deserves jail time. Civil suits from the other parents might make sense.
Jason Hunt: Man some kids have all the luck!!
Shane OFlaherty: Guilty guilty guilty
Gunnar Mein: Guests as young as 13. Is there really any discussion here? Of course she should do time.
Erika Rummell-Romero: I don't think jail time is fair. She's dumb but I know much younger kids seeing nudity on tv at home....just saying
Parisa Parvini: Come on... she gets arrested and the person who stole money from Lake Forest Park people was not charged!
Linda Daugs Butler: maybe protective custody....... if I was one of the other parents....????
Stacey Faulkner Rohweder: I wonder if all the men that are okay with this would feel the same way if their 13-16 yr old daughter was in the same position. Yes many of you are right they probably have seen worse...They have seen murders, robbery and everything else... do we want our children to be around any of that? God have mercy us and our country.
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