Anette and Landon Pharris didn't think they were doing anything wrong when they hired a stripper to perform at their son's 16th birthday party, but Walgreen's employees thought otherwise when they reported the Pharrises to authorities after developing pictures of the party. Now Pharris, her husband, the exotic dancer and two others are facing possible jail time.
In an interview today with "Good Morning America," Pharris described her decision to hire a stripper for her son and 10 friends under the age of 18, including her 14-year-old son, as responsible parenting.
"It is like an R-rated movie," Pharris said. "That's the way I put it. We as parents can go in and watch an R-rated movie with our children, or buy them tickets."
Things got heated when, after watching the stripper dance for a few hours, Landon Jr. and his friends took up a collection and paid the dancer $150 more to fully disrobe, Anette Pharris said.
One Nashville, Tenn., police detective described the scene from the photographs.
"The dancer is in the middle of the floor, completely nude," said Detective Matt Chance. "You couldn't take your child to an adult club, they wouldn't let them in. There's not much difference bringing an escort or exotic dancer to your home."
Pharris was indicted on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and involving a minor in obscene acts. Both Pharris and her husband have been slapped with felony and misdemeanor charges.
Asked if they would do it again, Landon Pharris said he didn't think so, but if they did, they would be smarter about it.
"I don't think so. If I did, we wouldn't take, pictures, no, definitely not," Pharris said.