Accused toe sucker jailed for failure to register as sex offender

  • Posted: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 12:01 a.m.
    UPDATED: Thursday, June 12, 2014 6:43 p.m.
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The man accused of tricking an 18-year-old woman into letting him suck her toe in a Wal-Mart store was arrested last week for failure to register as a sex offender, according to the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

Timeline: Accused toe sucker has history of incidents

Joey William Leaphart, 45, accused of tricking an 18-year-old woman into letting him suck her toe in a Wal-Mart store, was arrested last week for failure to register as a sex offender, according to the Aiken County Sheriff's Office. The follow is a timeline of Leaphart's criminal history.

2000

• Pleaded guilty to committing a lewd act upon a child for sucking and licking the toes of an 11-year-old girl. Incarcerated from March 2004 to October 2009.

2002

• Before going to prison for committing a lewd act upon a child, in 2002, Leaphart allegedly kissed a woman's foot without her permission while she was in the parking lot of the Aiken County Department of Social Services.

2012

• February: Leaphart was arrested and charged with panhandling after allegedly approaching women in the parking lot of a North Augusta shopping center and asking them for money. He pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct.

• March: Leaphart allegedly asked a woman in the Wal-Mart on Richland Avenue in Aiken if he could kiss and smell her feet but wasn't charged.

• August: Leaphart allegedly told an 18-year-old woman in a Wal-Mart in Grovetown, Georgia, that his TV show would pay for her groceries if she let him kiss her feet. He was not charged because the woman still consented to the contact.

2013

• Leaphart was charged with third-degree assault and battery after touching a woman's leg while she was in the checkout line of the Wal-Mart on Richland Avenue in Aiken. He also stuck a piece of chewed gum between her foot and her flip-flop.

2014

• Jan. 1: After nearly three months in jail for the July 2013 incident, Leaphart is released. He last reported to the Sheriff's Office as a sex offender on Jan. 24.

2014

— June 6: Leaphart is detained for failure to register as a sex offender.

Joey William Leaphart, 45, of Tutt Street in Langley, was placed in the Aiken County detention center, where he remained on Monday afternoon.

Leaphart was convicted in 2000 of committing a lewd act upon a child, an offense that required him to register as a sex offender, according to a sheriff's report.

He last reported to the Sheriff's Office to register on Jan. 24 and was supposed to return in April but did not, reports stated.

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, according to previous reports. 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 of the Aiken County Department of Social Services.

Leaphart has had run-ins with the law on multiple occasions in which he accosted women in Wal-Mart stores and either touched or asked to touch their feet.

Authorities did not press charges against Leaphart for an incident in July 2012, when he allegedly told an 18-year-old woman in a Wal-Mart in Grovetown, Georgia, that his TV show would pay for her groceries if she let him kiss her toe.

Leaphart was accused earlier in 2012 of asking a woman shopping at an Aiken Wal-Mart to kiss and smell her feet, but he was not charged in that incident either.

Most recently, Leaphart was arrested in November and charged with a July 2013 incident in which he allegedly touched a woman's leg while she was in the checkout lane at a Wal-Mart in Aiken, then stuck a piece of chewed gum between her foot and her flip-flop, police have said.

(Editor's note: This story has been edited to reflect Leaphart's correct town of residence.)

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.

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