Heavener Honeycutt

Ambrose Edward Heavener, left, and Lindsey Honeycutt

A man and woman were each sentenced to 15 years in prison Wednesday in relation to two children being sexually assaulted in the Myrtle Beach area.

Ambrose Edward Heavener, 34, of Conway entered a plea under North Carolina versus Alford to sexual exploitation of a minor, according to a news release from the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

Heavener must serve 85 percent of the sentence. In an Alford plea, the defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges a jury would likely convict based on evidence.

Lindsey Honeycutt, 32, pleaded guilty in August 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, according to the release.

Honeycutt’s sentence was held in abeyance because she had agreed to testify against Heavener and provide more details to law enforcement.

Heavener and Honeycutt were two of four people who were arrested in connection with the case.

Their charges stemmed from incidents that occurred in 2014 and 2015 involving young twin children. Both must register as a sex offender.

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

Spirakis pleaded guilty after a jury was chosen to hear the case and prosecutors made no recommendation in the case for his plea.

Spirakis was sentenced to 20 years in prison. “Spirakis is not eligible for parole on the offenses,” the release said.

Anthony Strickland, 42, of Myrtle Beach, is awaiting trial.

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