Annette and Landon
From Oprah.com

For their son's 16th birthday, Anette and Landon planned a big bash complete with food, friends—and a mystery guest. To surprise her teenage son, Landon Jr., and the other partygoers, Anette hired a stripper. After a few hours of watching the stripper, Sassy, perform topless, things heated up even more. The guests, many of whom were underage, collected $150 for the stripper to take it all off. When Sassy lost her bottoms and began to dance stark naked, mom Anette left the room. However, her 14-year-old-son, Brandon, stayed with a camera taking graphic pictures.

The story might have ended right there, but it didn't. Anette took the film to the neighborhood pharmacy for developing. Two hours later, police were at her door because of the explicit nature of the photographs.

Today, Anette is a convicted criminal. She pled guilty to the use of a minor for obscene purposes. Landon also pled guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and spent 11 hours in jail.

Anette says she doesn't regret hiring the stripper, but regrets having the photos developed. "The way I feel about things in life with kids is: If they're going to do something—try something—I want them to do it while I'm around," explains Anette. "I know they're safe."

Landon, who says he was initially opposed to having a stripper at his son's birthday party, says he regrets not taking action to stop the stripper's performance. "I would not let it happen again," says Landon. "I know I would literally fight to stop it."

Both Anette and Landon agree that the consequences have wreaked havoc on their lives. In addition to legal woes, the couple says they have suffered financially and emotionally. When news of the party became public, Landon says it cost him his house-painting business and the family almost lost their home. Anette says she feared losing her children and suffers from depression.

back to Kids Corner

copyright 2004 one angry girl designs