Richard Bryan Beaman

A Carolina Forest dance instructor was arrested last week on charges that he had a sexual relationship with a teenage boy in 2016.

Richard Bryan Beaman, 47, was charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor and unlawful neglect of a child, according to jail records.

He was arrested Friday and released the following day on $10,000 bond.

“It’s hard to believe somebody you’re so close to and you think you know... we’re devastated," said Alan Hoover, a parent of a child who studies under Beaman at the Carolina Forest Performing Arts Academy.

An incident report from the Horry County Police Department states that an officer went to Myrtle Beach High School on May 13 after an 18-year-old said he had a sexual relationship with the suspect in 2016.

“I don’t personally believe it, just knowing the man, being around him at the studio,” Hoover said. “He’s my son’s mentor.”

The Hoovers said they relocated from Virginia to Myrtle Beach specifically for their son to train under Beaman’s tutelage.

The dates listed on the police report are Sept. 30, 2016 and Oct. 2, 2016, when the alleged victim would have been underage. The criminal sexual conduct reportedly happened in the Carolina Forest area.

“He’s concerned about his business and his reputation,” said Greg McCollum, Beaman’s attorney. “Fortunately there have been a lot of people that have come out and supported him."

A State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) background check shows that this is Beaman’s first offense in South Carolina.

“You’re innocent until proven guilty in this country and we’re believing Bryan,” Hoover said. “We love Bryan and we’re sticking with him no matter what.”

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