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Mom Hires Stripper for Girl’s Party

November 26, 1998

PLEASANTON, Calif (AP) _ A male stripper hired to perform for a group of teen-age girls faces lewd conduct charges for allegedly fondling at least four of them during his routine. The mother of the girl who held the party, accused of hiring the stripper, also faces charges.

The girls apparently were willing participants in the strip act last month but Alameda County prosecutors said they were pursuing charges because the stripper touched four 15-year-olds during his 30-minute show.

``His hands were on bare breasts, under bras, down pants,″ said Deputy District Attorney Deborah Streicher. ``If this was just stripping, I don’t know if we would have charged him. But he went beyond that.″

Steven Schmitt, 29, of Walnut Creek was taken into custody Thursday and faces four felony charges of lewd and lascivious conduct with minors. He could be sentenced to three years in prison if convicted, police Sgt. Ron Parker said.

The 39-year-old mother faces a felony charge of exhibiting lewd material to minors. Authorities withheld her name to protect her daughter, who was one of the 15-year-olds allegedly fondled.

The mother was not arrested but was expected to be arraigned next week, and could face a year if convicted.

The mother told police she watched as the stripper perform for the nearly 50 girls who attended the Oct. 30 party.

Partygoers told authorities the mother helped hire and pay for the stripper, although she told police her daughter hired him without her knowledge. She said she only let him continue his act to avoid embarrassing her daughter, Streicher said.

Angry parents who learned of the affair called school officials and police after their daughters told them of the night’s events, authorities said. The party, billed as ``Girls Night Out″ on leaflets distributed at Amador Valley High, charged $3 to $5 for admission.

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