CAROLINA FOREST, SC (WMBF) - Parents are upset Saturday after a Carolina Forest dance instructor is behind bars after reported inappropriate conduct with a minor.
According to arrest records, 47-year-old Bryan Beaman was released on bond from the J. Reuben Long Detention Center at 3:57 p.m. Saturday.
“Bryan is extremely concerned about these allegations,” said Greg McCollum, the attorney representing the accused instructor. McCollum adds that Beaman is concerned about his reputation in the community and hopes the community will reserve judgement until all facts of the case are released.
Beaman is listed as a co-owner and executive director at Carolina Forest Performing Arts Academy (CFPAA) located at 4211 Carolina Exchange Drive.
According to Beaman’s attorney, the arrest dates back to an incident that happened in 2016.
The studio’s website says it has been open since August 2009 and has “most recently earned the distinction of Top Dance Studio at Encore Regionals in February of this year.”
A parent of a child who attends the academy alerted WMBF News to Beaman’s arrest, hoping to remain anonymous.
WMBF News attempted to reach out to CFPAA with no response.
Online records initially stated Beaman was charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor between the ages of 11 and 14, second offense, and unlawful neglect of a child, as WMBF previously reported. However, a spokesperson for the Horry County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Monday, May 20, the first charge was entered incorrectly and it was the suspect’s first offense. The proper charge is second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor under 16, according to the HCSO.