Former T.C. teacher sentenced to a year in jail

Former T.C. teacher sentenced to a year in jail

By Erich Wagner (File Photo)

The T.C. Williams teacher who in October admitted making sexual advances toward multiple female students was sentenced to a year in prison Thursday.

Steven Miarer, 38, pleaded guilty on October 31 to two counts of taking indecent liberties with juveniles. 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.

Prosecutors said in a statement that Miarer admitted to having “unlawful physical contact” with at least two of his students while inside the school.

Alexandria City Circuit Court Judge Nolan Dawkins required Miarer undergo five years of probation, ten years of good behavior and no contact with the victims or any unsupervised contact with children other than his own. Miarer will also register as a sex offender.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Cathryn Evans, who prosecuted the case, said in a statement that she was pleased with the sentencing.

“The judge’s just sentence, which represented an upwards departure from the applicable advisory sentencing guidelines, was appropriate because the defendant used his position as a teacher to sexually exploit several students,” she said.