Bond set for former state representative Thad Viers

Thad Viers in a Conway courtroom for a bond hearing Thursday afternoon

CONWAY, S.C. (WPDE) - Thursday afternoon, circuit court Judge Edward Cottingham set bond at $25,000 for former state representative Thad Viers. Viers is charged with Burglary First Degree and Petit Larceny.

The Horry County Grand Jury indicted Viers last week.

The indictment is in connection with a break-in at Viers' ex-girlfriend's apartment. On March 20, 2012, she told police she came home from work and noticed her front door broken. She said some items had been moved around and a cell phone, computer and a 9 millimeter handgun were stolen.

In court Thursday afternoon, Fourth Circuit Solicitor Kernard Redmond said cell phone pings show Viers was in the area of the victim's home at the time of the burglary. Redmond also says comments later posted on the website FITSnews gave details about items inside the victim's home, which caught their attention.

Redmond said those comments were linked back to an IP address belonging to Viers.

"In those comments, it was describing what was in those pictures, especially the picture at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, described what they were wearing, things like that. So it did not say I saw these pictures, but in the comments it's basically railing off against her for what we allege he saw when he broke into her apartment," Redmond explained.

Redmond went on to to talk about the releasing of text messages that are evidence related to harassment and stalking charges Viers also faces. Redmond said their release amounted to harassment. Viers has not been linked to their release at this time.

Judge Cottingham had a stern warning for Viers concerning their release. "If I find that this conduct continues I'm going to blame it on you and I'm going to revoke your bond immediately." He went on to say, if a third party posts evidence, they will face charges.

Viers lawyer, Dylan Goff, said all of what Redmond said had nothing to do with the bond issue. He added Viers has not had any contact with the victim for the past 15 months.

As for whether his client is a flight risk, Goff said, "He was a leading candidate for the seventh congressional race. He was, until indicted on these charges, a practicing attorney. He's a suitable man."

In January 2012, Myrtle Beach police arrested Viers after his ex-girlfriend said he continued to call, email, text and visit her after she asked him not to. In March 2012, he was indicted on one count of Stalking and one count of Harrassment in connection with that arrest.

Although the four charges against Viers were filed in Horry County, the 15th Circuit Solicitor's Office will not handle the case. Viers' ex-girlfriend used to work in that office. Instead it's being handled by Fourth Circuit Deputy Solicitor Kernard Redmond.

Viers resigned from the House of Representatives in March 2012.

He represented District 68, which includes the Socastee area of Horry County, from 2002-2012.

He was in the process of running for the 7th Congressional District when the harrassment charge led him to withdraw from the race.