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Former T.C. Williams Teacher Sentenced to One Year in Prison

Stephen Miarer engaged in inappropriate relationships with at least two students.

T.C. Williams is Alexandria's only public high school. (Patch file photo)
T.C. Williams is Alexandria's only public high school. (Patch file photo)

A T.C. Williams High School teacher who engaged in inappropriate relationships with students younger than 18 years old will serve one year in prison. 

Stephen Miarer, 38, of Woodbridge was sentenced Thursday on two counts of taking indecent liberties with juveniles. He pleaded guilty on Oct. 31.

The relationships involved unlawful physical contact of a sexual nature inside the school with at least two students.

Miarer was sentenced to a total of 10 years, with nine years suspended provided he exhibits 10 years of good behavior, undergoes five years of supervised probation and has no contact his victims.

Miarer was also ordered to complete sex offender treatment as a condition of his probation and is not to have unsupervised contact with any children except his own.   

“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,” Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Cathryn Evans said in a release. “The defendant, who was 20 years older than his victims, was prosecuted under the Virginia code section designed to protect minors from sexual exploitation by adults who hold positions of trust or authority over them.”

Miarer resigned from his job at T.C. Williams, where he worked for 10 years, following an investigation into his actions.

T.C. Williams Principal Suzanne Maxey informed parents about the investigation in a June 10, 2013 letter.

“Last Friday, two students reported rumors that one of our male teachers was having inappropriate relations with several of our female students,” Maxey wrote. “As we do with any rumor, we thoroughly investigated the situation. Within a short time, we discovered enough information to contact ACPS Human Resources and remove the teacher from the school. The police have been contacted and all appropriate actions are being taken.”

Raine Koch January 02, 2014 at 06:17 PM
One year? One year for touching, actually -- sexually abusing -- minors. He was a teacher, a person put in a position of trust. What exactly are the the "applicable advisory sentencing guidelines" and how is this a departure from the past that made this sentence appropriate? This is a serious question, I am not trying to be sarcastic here.
Rachel M. Roberts January 03, 2014 at 07:06 PM
I don't see anything about forfeiture of his teaching credentials either. This is a gross miscarriage of judicial law....only one year.
Maureen Clyne January 04, 2014 at 09:45 AM
What is totally overlooked - one might say ignored - in this case an in many others, is the lifelong affect of child sexual abuse on the victim. That is rarely factored into the predator's sentence. Research shows that within the first five years of the first offense, the recidivism for child molesters is 20% - one in five. However, serious psychological and emotional affects for the victim are much much higher - and usually last a lifetime. In addition, child sexual abuse significantly increases the probability of suicide: According to the National Institutes of Mental Health: "Among those sexually abused as children, odds of suicide attempts were 2-4 times higher among women and 4-11 times higher among men, compared with those not abused, controlling for other adversities." Furthermore, the fact that this guy is prevented only from contact with his victims and not other children is absolutely appalling. One need only look at the epidemic of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, where offenders continued to abuse children no matter where they were. I personally think that molesters should receive life in prison with no parole - because their victims are sentenced to a life sentence of misery, with no parole.
Maureen Clyne January 04, 2014 at 09:48 AM
PS - suffering child sexual abuse can increase the likelihood of substance abuse, sexual dysfunction, difficulty in establishing and maintaining appropriate boundaries, which in turn can lead the victim into a pattern of abusive relationships. Even with therapy.
NoBS January 04, 2014 at 09:04 PM
I can't confirm this - it's pure gossip - but I heard that there was no actual intercourse. Did anyone else hear that? The story I got from kids at TC was that there was kissing and making out but no actual sex. I don't know if that would explain the seemingly lite sentence. It's actually a 10 year sentence but 9 years suspended if he complies with various terms of probation. I understand we'll never get the full story due to student/victim privacy concerns, but it's lamentable that we aren't getting a clear picture of exactly what did or did not happen in this case.
Diana Curfiss January 05, 2014 at 11:33 AM
There should be a law that once you sexually abuse a child their nuts should be cut off. That goes for the serial rapist. STOP the urges at once. It's not cruel because they lost the right to own them. What's cruel is the child or woman who has to live with the memories. I hope and pray they have someone to talk to.
NoBS January 06, 2014 at 06:27 AM
Cutting their "nuts" off won't stop the "urges." Pedophilia is in the brain, not the genitals. A rapist who can't rape with his genitals will rape with a foreign object or worse, move on to murder. Locking them up is the only real protection we have short of the death penalty.
Maureen Clyne January 06, 2014 at 08:09 AM
NoBS is right - rape/sexual abuse are crimes of power and not sexuality. So castration, etc. won't solve the problem. Lock up is indeed the best solution.

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