Authorities are obtaining new arrest warrants, including one for assault, against the man once accused of tricking an 18-year-old woman into letting him suck her toe in a Walmart store, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.
Joey William Leaphart, 44, of Tutt Street in Langley, is now accused of touching a woman's leg while she was in the checkout lane at Walmart, then sticking a piece of chewed gum between her foot and her flip-flop, according to a report.
The incident happened about 12:30 p.m. on Friday at the Walmart on Richland Avenue, according to the report.
The 45-year-old victim told officers Leaphart walked up behind her while she was checking out at a register and reached down behind her, touching her right calf, according to the report.
The victim said she was on her toes reaching into her cart with the heel of her right foot raised off the ground, and that Leaphart place a chewed piece of bubble gum between her right heel and her flip-flop, causing her to step on the gum, according to the report. She said Leaphart then got closer, smiled and said, “I need to get my gum. It rolled under your foot.”
The victim told Leaphart no and that he needed to back off, but Leaphart reportedly “persisted with trying to get his gum.”
“(The victim) stated that he kept standing close behind her, smiling, until she stated that she would call law enforcement,” according to the report.
Leaphart allegedly turned and walked toward the garden center when the victim said she would call police.
Officers will obtain warrants for Leaphart for third-degree assault and trespassing notice.
Leaphart, a registered sex offender who previously served time in prison for licking the toes of an 11-year-old girl, has run into trouble at Walmart stores before.
Authorities did not press charges against Leaphart for an incident in July 2012, when Leaphart allegedly told an 18-year-old woman in a Walmart in Grovetown, Ga., that his TV show would pay for her groceries if she let him kiss her toe.
The woman told officers she allowed him to take a picture of her foot, and he then asked if he could kiss it. She said she agreed because he had repeatedly told her the request was for a TV prank. She told officers he guided her around a clothing rack and told her they needed privacy because he didn't want anyone to think he was crazy.
The woman began to scream when Leaphart put her big toe in his mouth and started sucking on it, according to previous reports. Before he ran from the store, she said he stood up and said, “Oh, it tasted so good, though.”
Leaphart was accused earlier in 2012 of asking a woman shopping at an Aiken Walmart to kiss and smell her feet, but he was not charged in that incident either.
Leaphart pleaded guilty in 2000 to an incident in which he sucked and licked the toes of an 11-year-old girl, and was incarcerated from March 2004 to October 2009. Before going to prison, in 2002, Leaphart was also in court facing charges that he kissed a woman's foot without her permission while she was in the parking lot at the Aiken County Department of Social Services.
Last August, Leaphart was charged with solicitation for contribution but pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after police said he approached women in a North Augusta shopping center and asked them for money.
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime and courts beat for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since August 2012. He is a native of Williston and majored in communication studies at Clemson University.