Thad Viers arrested for Harassment

Representative Thad Viers was charged with First Degree Harassment today in Myrtle Beach, accused of stalking an ex girlfriend.

According to the incident report, Viers’ ex-girlfriend broke off their relationship and Viers continued to “call, text, email and show up at the victim’s home.”
The incident reports states the victim previously contacted Myrtle Beach Police Department but was “reluctant to press the issue because she didn’t want to injure the offender’s reputation.”
The report states that in December the victim was contacted by email and was texted by the offender through a mutual acquaintance’s cell phone.
The victim also stated her attorney sent no-contact demands via courier. The victim’s father also sent written no-contact demands when returning sporting event tickets the offender sent.

This is Viers’ second arrest for similar conduct – in June 2007 he pled no-contest to a charge of unlawful communication for allegedly threatening his ex-wife’s boyfriend:

“He made various phone calls, some threatening violence, some relating to sexual acts. He mentioned some specific things about where the victim lived and some things about the victim’s mother, which caused the victim to fear for his safety,” Todd Wagoner, prosecutor, told the court at the hearing.

Viers is an attorney in Horry County, and has served as representative in the State Congress for five terms. His website states that he is proud to have helped to write a controversial and racist immigration law, parts of which were recently struck down as unconstitutional by a federal court. Similar anti-immigrant laws have been held unconstitutional in Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana and Utah.
Viers announced that he is withdrawing from the 2012 Congressional race:

“As of today, I am withdrawing from the race for South Carolina’s new 7th Congressional District due to personal reasons, and I will not be a candidate for any office in 2012. While I had hoped to join South Carolina’s conservative congressional delegation in fighting back against Washington’s out-of-control spending spree, now is not the time. Instead, I will focus on building my law practice and advocating free market principles here in Horry County,” Viers said through an e-mailed statement released Friday afternoon.

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