State Rep. Thad Viers Drops Out of Race After Arrest, Harassment Charge

3:38 PM, Jan 6, 2012   |    comments
Thad Viers was booked on Jan. 6, 2012.
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Myrtle Beach, SC (WLTX) - Thad Viers, a Myrtle Beach state representative who was running for the newly created 7th Congressional District, has been arrested on a harassment charge.

Myrtle Beach police say Viers turned himself over to them and was booked on a charge of first-degree harassment Friday.

Viers issued a statment on his website later saying he was withdrawing from the race for the 7th District.

"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," he said in the statement.

An incident report filed by the victim, who is identified as his ex-girlfriend, claims several incidents of harassment to Myrtle Beach Police.

The report states she broke off her relationship with the 33-year-old lawmaker back in June or July of 2011.

The report goes on to say that Viers called, texted, and emailed the victim after he was told to stop. According to the report, she did tell police about the incident before but didn't want to press the issue because she didn't want to injure his reputation and career if the information became public.

On December 16, the report states Viers was told by an officer to stop contacting the woman, and he said that he would. However, on December 22, the victim says Viers contacted her by email, and on New Year's Eve, sent her a text message from an acquaintance's phone.

The victim also says in the report that her attorney sent Viers a no contact demand via courier.

Viers also said in his statement that he would focus on building his law practice.

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