March 11, 1999

Woman Sentenced for allowing her 15-year-old daughter to hire a Male Stripper

What is the world coming to department! A San Francisco Bay Area woman was convicted and sentenced because she did not object when her 15-year-old daughter hired a male stripper to perform at the daughter's Halloween Party.
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Although the mother did not hire the stripper, apparently the judge ruled that she was obliged to stop the performance. Parents of the other children who attended the party apparently objected.

By The Associated Press

PLEASANTON, Calif. (AP) -- A woman who allowed a stripper to perform at her 15-year-old daughter's Halloween party was sentenced Thursday to three years probation.

Carye McGrath, 39, also was ordered to apologize in writing to the parents of other party-goers, undergo psychological counseling, perform 240 hours of community service and pay a $350 fine.

McGrath's daughter hired the stripper, but it was the mother's responsibility to stop the party, Alameda County Judge Christine Moruzo said.

"I think you're a good person," Moruzo told McGrath. "You're not the person with the horns and tail that you've been made out to be, but you failed to stop things when they got out of hand."

McGrath pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of minors.

Steven Schmitt, 29, the stripper at the Oct. 30 party, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of sexual battery and a misdemeanor count of engaging in an obscene live performance. He is scheduled to be sentenced March 17.

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