MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – All four suspects arrested Thursday for allegedly sexually abusing two 4-year-old children have been denied bond.
In their first court appearance since being charged with numerous child sex crimes, Lindsey D. Honeycutt, Ambrose E. Heavener, Panteleimon N. Spirakis and Anthony L. Strickland were each denied bond Friday afternoon.
It was revealed in their court appearance that Strickland will be represented by a hired attorney of his choice, Heavener and Honeycutt will each be represented by a public defender, and Spirakis waived his right to an appearance.
The four were arrested after Horry County Police learned of extensive, and disturbing, sexual assaults being committed on two 4-year-old children over the course of a five month span.
Lt. Mark Bonner with Horry County Police says detectives received information on January 25 of sex crimes committed against two young children. Detectives spoke with the children, two 4-year-old victims, and learned that they were being sexually abused by their parents and friends of their parents.
Forensic interviews of the children revealed that the sex crimes occurred at multiple locations in Horry County, according to Lt. Bonner.
In an incident report from Horry County Police documenting the abuse, officers note that they spoke with an individual who stated she had been providing counseling to the young victims since May 1, 2015, after a Department of Social Services investigation revealed the children were “being forced to have sex with their siblings and their parents.”
During the investigation, detectives learned that some of the sexual assaults took place in Horry County at a location the victims referred to as “the dance club.” That location was later identified as Chez Joey, a strip club located at 716 Seaboard Street in Myrtle Beach, according to the report.
The report details how the children would go to work with Lindsey D. Honeycutt, one of the four alleged child molesters, who was a dancer at Chez Joey. While at the club, the children were forced to perform different sex acts, the report states.
Police say they later learned during the investigation that the sexual assaults occurred at three different locations in Horry County, namely, the Myrtle Beach home of one of the suspected child molesters, Panteleimon Spirakis, Chez Joey strip club, and a second home in Myrtle Beach. Arrest warrants for the four suspected of sexually abusing the children specify the addresses where the abuse reportedly occurred as: 407 Queens Road, 808 North 48th Avenue and 716 Seaboard Street, all located in Myrtle Beach.
Arrest warrants for each of the suspects in the child sex crimes state between December 2014 and April 2015, at the three addresses listed above, each suspect is accused of engaging “in sex acts against the 5-year-old victims.” The police reports identify the victims, a boy and a girl, as 4-years-old, the arrest warrants, however state the children are age 5.
On Tuesday, detectives arrested the four suspects identified below and charged them with multiple child sex crimes.
Lindsey D. Honeycutt, 29, of Myrtle Beach, is charged with criminal sexual conduct with minor in the first degree, sexual exploitation of a minor in the first degree, engaging a child for sexual performance, and incest.
Ambrose E. Heavener, 30, of Conway, is charged with criminal sexual conduct with minor in the first degree, sexual exploitation of a minor in the first degree, engaging a child for sexual performance, and incest.
Panteleimon N. Spirakis, 55, of Myrtle Beach, is charged with criminal sexual conduct with minor in the first degree, sexual exploitation of a minor in the first degree, and engaging a child for sexual performance.
Anthony L. Strickland, 45, of Myrtle Beach, is charged with criminal sexual conduct with minor in the first degree, sexual exploitation of a minor in the first degree, and engaging a child for sexual performance.