HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - An Horry County police officer once under investigation for using force during an arrest in May has resigned amidst a second, separate internal investigation after allegedly "shaking his penis" in public.
Sgt. Robert Kegler with the Horry County Police Department tells WMBF News Charles Dean has resigned from his position with the department for "personal reasons" following an internal investigation initiated on July 6.
The investigation stemmed from a July 5 complaint from patrons at the Boathouse after they witnessed an intoxicated Dean "shaking his penis in front of a crowd of people" - including children. The complainants managed to snap pictures of Dean to provide as proof of the incident to police.
Upon an official complaint filed against Dean, the Horry County Police Department initiated an eight-day internal investigation, resulting in Dean's "personal resignation."
Further investigation revealed Dean was not the only police officer involved in the incident.
Capt. David Knipes, of the Myrtle Beach Police Department, says a separate internal investigation has been initiated regarding a similar accusation involving one of his officers.
As of Monday, Officer David Gaither, who is under a separate investigation for the same incident, no longer works with the department, according to Knipes.
Dean, however, is no stranger to internal investigations within the Horry County Police Department. Dean was at the center of a controversial arrest after injuring Kirshmer Shamar Bessent, 30, on May 19.
Authorities say Dean saw Bessent walking down a road in Little River and tried to arrest him on an outstanding warrant for assault and battery charges stemming from a bar fight.
According to an incident report, Bessent complied with Dean when he asked Bessent to put his hands on the patrol car, but after informing Bessent he was under arrest, he tried to run away.
The officer attempted to take control of Bessent when he began elbowing the responding officer in an attempt to escape from his custody. The responding officer unsuccessfully deployed his Taser, both slipped to the ground in attempt to gain custody, and the Taser fell out of his hands.
The report says Bessent grabbed the Taser and shot it at Dean, but missed. Dean, saying he "feared for his life," hit Bessent on the back of the neck before hitting him in the face a number of times.
As a result of the incident, Bessent was also charged with assaulting a police officer while resisting arrest.