A former Conway attorney apologized in court Thursday after entering his plea on two indecent exposure charges that came as part of a plea arrangement in which four other counts were dismissed.
Jefferson Marion "Buddy" Long, 50, of Myrtle Beach, entered an Alford plea to two counts of exposure of private parts in a lewd manner before Circuit Court Judge Benjamin H. Culbertson. In an Alford plea, the defendant does not admit guilt, but acknowledges a jury would likely convict based on the evidence.
Culbertson ordered Long to pay a $300 fine or spend 30 days in jail for each charge, and the sentences will run concurrently. He had faced up to six months in jail or a $500 fine on each count.
"I wish it would've never happened and we would have never gone through this," Long said during the hearing.
Long, who had been an attorney in Horry County for 25 years, was charged with exposing himself on Jan. 1, 2006, at his Myrtle Beach home and on Nov. 19, 2009, at his law firm on Beaty Street in Conway, said Nancy Livesay, assistant solicitor.