MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – Myrtle Beach police arrested seven people Friday following allegations that a local gentleman’s club operated as a brothel.
A shooting investigation New Year’s Day at Derriere’s Gentleman’s Club on Seaboard Street uncovered evidence of additional criminal activity at the business, according to a press release from MBPD.
Police said a separate case was opened, and authorities identified more than 200 acts of apparent prostitution at the establishment. Multiple employees allegedly participated in or facilitated the acts. The investigation led police to serve search warrants at the club on Friday.
“To date, the investigation has led to the issuance of arrest warrants for multiple persons involved with the business. The majority of the arrest warrants are related to apparent acts of prostitution,” the release stated.
Police arrested the following individuals on the following charges:
- David Joseph Bean, 66, of Myrtle Beach - 183 counts of prostitution and one count of failure to report in connection to the shooting in January
- Jacey Lynne Birch, 41, of Conway - 183 counts of prostitution and one count of failure to report in connection to the shooting in January
- Joseph Bryan Hargadon, 62, of Longs - 61 counts of prostitution
- Heather Gay Beall, 35, of North Myrtle Beach - 31 counts of prostitution
- Matthew Jason Gough, 33, of Myrtle Beach - 21 counts of prostitution
- Elisza Blu Rivera, 30, of Miami, Florida - 16 counts of prostitution
- Alexis Gail Morris, 21, of Conway - two counts of prostitution
The suspects are expected to appear in court at 9 a.m. Saturday for bond hearings.
According to police, additional charges are likely as the investigation continues.
Tammy Lail, who works nearby, said she’s had enough of the business and it’s time for police to shut Derriere’s down for good.
“In this case, that’s a nuisance and it needs to be closed down. It’s one too many times and this is just kind of the straw that broke the camel’s back. It was bad enough with the shooting and people were worried about that, and now you’ve got this going on. It’s a nuisance, it needs to be closed down," Lail said.
Anyone with additional information on the case should call Myrtle Beach police at 843-918-1382. Callers may remain anonymous.