Scrutiny of teen’s party with strippers continues
SOUTH GLENS FALLS What may have started as a “bikinigram” for a 16-year-old boy’s surprise birthday party could soon end with his parents and a local bowling alley facing legal troubles.
Investigators from the South Glens Falls Police are trying to determine whether any laws were broken when a pair of exotic dancers from Tops in Bottoms of Albany performed for a crowd of roughly 80 people in a secluded back bar area at the Spare Time bowling alley in the village earlier this month. The dancers performed in a room full of teenagers — some of them as young as 14 — while a bartender sold alcohol to adults attending the party.
Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy III isn’t certain the parents who hired the women to perform or the bowling alley on Route 9 that hosted them will face charges. But he said the digital images from the party that later surfaced on Facebook seem unsavory.
The company hired to provide the scantily clad dancers appears to be off the hook. Murphy said Tops in Bottoms is fully cooperating with the investigation and doesn’t appear to have broken any laws.
“In these circumstances, we are not looking at Tops in Bottoms,” he said Thursday. “They’re not under investigation. In fact, they’re cooperating with law enforcement.”
A woman who answered a phone call to Tops in Bottoms declined to comment Thursday. A website for the company advertises “bikinigrams” that range from “mild” to “wild” — from “PG to R-Plus” — depending on the need of the customer.
A picture surfacing from the Nov. 3 bash shows a woman dressed in only a bra and g-string underwear with her head between a young man’s legs and her thighs wrapped around his neck. The photo and others were apparently discovered by a 15-year-old boy’s mother while scanning his Facebook page recently.
“As soon as she discovered it, she went to the police,” he said.
The bowling alley itself could face sanction from the state Liquor Authority, depending on the results of the investigation. Murphy said the presence of alcohol sales in a room with minors and exotic dancers could run afoul of a number of regulations.
“No good can come from having alcohol, children and exotic dancers together,” he said.