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Defense attorney Stephen Grooms (left) represented Eric Harmon (center) and Lori Harmon (right) on Thursday at the Horry County Courthouse. The Harmons pleaded guilty to indecent exposure charges and were given two years probation along with paying $1000 in restitution. Photo by Ian Livingston Brooking.

A husband and wife who made headlines earlier this year for recording themselves having sex on the Myrtle Beach Skywheel now face new charges after police say they engaged in sexual activity in a Garden City photo booth this summer.

Eric Harmon, 37, and his wife Lori, 36, were booked at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center just before 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. Both are charged with indecent exposure and participation in preparation of obscene material prohibited.

On Aug. 5, Horry County police responded to Oceanside Village in Garden City and spoke with a person reporting continuous issues with the Harmons, according to a police report. The complainant gave officers a USB drive that contained a compilation of various incidents, including photographs of both Eric and Lori Harmon engaging sexual acts in public view.

Officers followed up on the investigation five days later and video footage determined that on or around July 27 Lori Harmon and Eric Harmon engaged in oral sex while inside an out-of-service photo booth in the Garden City Pavilion Arcade, a police report stated. Arrest warrants state that a video of the incident was posted on Twitter.

Officials were able to confirm the identity of Eric Harmon based on previous investigations, according to the report.

An additional arrest warrant stated Lori Harmon willfully and indecently exposed herself to the public, adding that she was fully exposed when she recorded herself seated on the front porch of a residence on Kingfisher Drive in Garden City. The warrant goes on to say that Lori Harmon also participated in sexual acts with another individual while exposed.

The Harmons were released from jail on Wednesday, each on $2,000 bond. 

On April 15, Eric and Lori Harmon were each given a three-year sentence that was suspended to two years of probation. They were also expected to pay $1,000 in restitution. While in court, the Harmons were told that should they violate their probation, they could face jail time.

They were arrested twice in January for numerous incidents across Horry County, primarily in Surfside Beach and at the SkyWheel in Myrtle Beach. The Harmons were first arrested on Jan. 15. Eric Harmon was initially charged with two counts of indecent exposure and participation in preparation of obscene material. Lori Harmon was charged with three counts of indecent exposure, participation in preparation of obscene material and malicious damage to personal property valued at $2,000 or less. Both were released on bond on two days later.

The Harmons were arrested for the second time in less than two weeks on Jan. 26, this time by Surfside Beach police. The couple was booked on more indecent exposure charges. Eric Harmon was charged with two counts of indecent exposure and Lori Harmon was charged with four counts. The couple was released on bond later that day.

Police reports identified the parking lot of a Food Lion, Floral Lake Playground and a dugout at Martin Park, all of which are in the Surfside Beach area, as locations where numerous sexual acts took place.

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Time for the Judge to make an example out of them if found guilty let them do the 3 years on their first conviction then on their next convictions let the time be served consecutively.

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