Former State Representative Thad Viers pleads guilty to harassment charge

Former South Carolina State Representative Thad Viers pleaded guilty to a harassment charge in an Horry County courtroom Wednesday afternoon.

Viers was charged with harassing and stalking an ex-girlfriend, after police say he broke into her home and stole

a cell phone, computer and a 9 millimeter handgun.

The stalking charge was dropped byJudge Ed Cottingham.

Viers was sentenced to one year, suspended to 60 days and one year probation.

He will serve a weekend sentence starting January 31st at 5 p.m. He'll serve that time at J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Horry County.

"I think he's learned his lesson. We've all often made fools of ourselves over women, and I think it's a lesson learned and he's ready to move on with his life," Dylan Goff, Viers' attorney said.

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.

Viers still has charges for burglary and larceny that are in null process right now. According to his attorney, it essentially means they're dropped, but if Viers violates his probation, he can and will be tried for them.