Former Myrtle Beach area representative Thad Viers will serve jail time on a charge related to the harassment of his former girlfriend.
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 Jan. 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 Jan. 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.
Redmond and the Fourth Circuit prosecuted the case due to a possible conflict of interest in the 15th Judicial Circuit.
Redmond said Vier’s exgirlfriend, who was not in the courtroom Wednesday or at previous hearings, was “agreeable” with the plea deal and is ready to move on.
“She just wants her life back,” Redmond said.
Columbia-based attorney Dylan Goff said Viers remains on administrative suspension through the S.C. Bar Association. He said Viers likely will be able to reapply to practice law after the sentence is served.
Goff said Viers, who did not comment, has been working for a Myrtle Beach area surgeon.