Former T.C. teacher admits making sexual advances toward students

Former T.C. teacher admits making sexual advances toward students

By Erich Wagner (File photo)

Stephen Miarer, a former T.C. Williams teacher embroiled in allegations that he had inappropriate relationships with female students, pleaded guilty November 2 to related charges.

Alexandria City Public Schools removed Miarer from his position when the allegations became public in June, but he was already set to resign at the end of the school year. As such, his termination was immediate.

Indicted in September, Miarer pleaded guilty to two counts of taking indecent liberties with students younger than 18. According to the indictment, Miarer proposed sexual acts to two female students at different times in 2012: one during the spring and another late last year.

He will be sentenced in January.

Kelly Alexander, spokesperson for the school system, said T.C. officials informed parents of the allegations after they investigated a rumor about the teacher in June. But she did not know if parents were updated as the case was prosecuted.

“In any cases where anything is brought to the administration’s attention that something may be wrong behavior-wise or anything that indicates criminal activity, we notify the right people [like parents],” Alexander said. “And if police ask for our cooperation, we do that. [We] make sure we do everything for students that we can.”

Miarer had been a teacher at T.C. Williams since 2002.