Former S.C. Rep. Thad Viers is headed to jail on charges that led to him ending his political career.
The Horry County Republican halted his congressional run and resigned from state office after allegations that he harassed an ex-girlfriend.
From The State's sister paper, The (Myrtle Beach) Sun News:
Former Myrtle Beach area representative Thad Viers will serve jail time on a charge related to the harassment of his former girlfriend.
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Viers on Wednesday pleaded guilty to second-degree harassment. A stalking charge was dismissed without prejudice as part of the agreement.
Circuit Court Judge Edward Cottingham accepted the plea and sentenced Viers to one year imprisonment, suspended to 60 days. He will serve time on the weekends only, starting Jan. 31 at 5 p.m. Viers also will have a mental health evaluation and Cottingham said counseling is part of Viers sentence.
Viers was arrested in January 2012 after his former girlfriend told police Viers had repeatedly sent texts, emails and calls after she asked him to stop contact between July 2011 and January 2012.
Charges related to the burglary of the victim’s apartment, also were “dismissed with leave to restore,” said Fourth Judicial Circuit Deputy Solicitor Kernard Redmond. Redmond explained that means if Viers contacts the victim directly or through a third party, even after the one-year-probation, the first-degree burglary and petit larceny charges will be prosecuted.