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Two people charged with child sexual abuse plead guilty

Lindsey Honeycutt and Panteleimon Spirakis pleaded guilty in court today in connection with two children being sexually assaulted in the Myrtle Beach area, according to a news release. (Solicitor's office / WPDE background)

Lindsey Honeycutt and Panteleimon Spirakis pleaded guilty in court today in connection with two children being sexually assaulted in the Myrtle Beach area, according to a news release.

Spirakis, 57, of Myrtle Beach, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor; two counts of engaging a children for a sexual performance; and one count of first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

Leigh Andrew, an assistant solicitor, along with Mary-Ellen Walter, a senior assistant solicitor, prosecuted the case for the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

Spirakis pleaded guilty after a jury was selected Tuesday morning to hear the case and prosecutors made no recommendation in the case for his plea, according to a news release.

He was sentenced to 17 years each on the CSC with a minor charges and 17 years each on the engaging a child for sexual performance, with all of those charges running concurrently. Hyman also sentenced Spirakis to three years on the sexual exploitation charge, which will be served consecutively to the other charges. Spirakis is not eligible for parole on the offenses, according to a news release.

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Spirakis also was previously convicted of sexually assaulting a child in 2008 and was a registered sex offender at the time of the incidents, Andrew said.

“The crimes this defendant perpetrated on these children were some of the worst we have ever seen,” Andrew said. “He robbed them of an innocence that they will never get back.”

Honeycutt, 31, of Myrtle Beach, pleaded guilty to charges in connection with this case as well, according to a news release.

In addition to Spirakis, Honeycutt and two other men were also charged in the incidents that occurred between December 2014 to April 2015 and involved twin children who were four years old when the situation began and turned 5-years-old while it was still going on, Andrew said.

Honeycutt pleaded guilty to two counts of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, which is a lesser included charge of criminal sexual conduct with a minor; and two counts of unlawful conduct toward a child, Andrew said.

She faces up to 20 years for each of the assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature charges and up to 10 years in prison for the unlawful conduct charges.

The solicitor's office said Honeycutt’s sentence is being held in abeyance because she has agreed to testify in the cases of the other two men charged in the incidents, Ambrose Heavener, 33, of Conway and Anthony Strickland, 42, of Myrtle Beach, Andrew said. Their trials will be scheduled for a later date, according to a news release.

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