4 suspects charged with sexually abusing 4 year olds in Myrtle Beach indicted by grand jury

Lindsay Honeycutt, Ambrose Heavener, Panteleimon N. Spirakis and Anthony L. Strickland.
Lindsay Honeycutt, Ambrose Heavener, Panteleimon N. Spirakis and Anthony L. Strickland.

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – According to Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson, four suspects in a child sex case were indicted by a grand jury.

The indictments came down a little over a week ago, Richardson says.

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 five months.

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.

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.”

Police say they later learned during the investigation that the sexual assaults occurred at three different locations in Horry County including the Myrtle Beach home of one suspect, Panteleimon Spirakis, the Chez Joey strip club and a second home in Myrtle Beach. 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.

Arrest warrants for each of the suspects in the child sex crimes state between December 2014 and April 2015 at the three locations 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 5.

In March, 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.

According to the J. Reuben Long Detention Center bookings page, Honeycutt, Heavener and Spirakis remain in jail but Strickland was released to home detention.

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