Accused toe sucker sentenced to prison
Accused toe sucker Joey Leaphart was sentenced to a year in prison after pleading guilty this week to failing to register as a sex offender, according to court records.
Leaphart, 45, was arrested on June 6 by the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office and charged with failure to register as a sex offender. He pleaded guilty on Wednesday in Aiken Summary Court and was sentenced by Magistrate Judge Tracey Carroll to 366 days in prison. He was placed in the Aiken County detention center, where he remained on Friday awaiting transport to the state Department of Corrections.
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 on Jan. 24 and was supposed to return in April, but did not.
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 and either touched or asked to touch their feet.
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.