Man accused of sucking teen's toe in Grovetown Walmart won't be charged

Joey William Leaphart, of Langley, won't be charged after his arrest.

 

Authorities won’t charge a man accused of sucking a teen’s toes at the Grovetown Walmart.

The 18-year-old girl said July 10 that Joey William Leaphart, of Langley, tricked her into letting him suck her toes in the store, according to a Columbia County sheriff’s report.

Leaphart won’t be charged because the teen consented, sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said.

The girl said she was shopping when a man asked whether her toenails were painted. After replying yes and asking why he wanted to know, she was asked whether she had watched America’s Funniest Home Videos, according to the report.

The man told her he was with the show and said that if she complied with his requests, everything she purchased that day would be free. She reluctantly agreed to his taking a picture of her foot.

The man guided her to an area behind a clothing rack, dropped to the floor, grabbed her ankle and said, “Don’t worry. I don’t bite.” He then started sucking her big toe. The girl screamed at him to stop and told him to leave.

Before the man ran from the store, he told her, “It tasted so good, though,” according to the report.

Leaphart was previously arrested for similar incidents. He became a registered sex offender in Decem­ber 2000 when he pleaded guilty to performing a lewd act on a person under 16 for licking the toes of an 11-year-old girl. In 2002, a jury acquitted Leaphart of aggravated battery after a 22-year-old woman said he forced himself on her foot.

On Feb. 17, Leaphart was arrested and charged with solicitation for contribution after approaching women in North Augusta Plaza and asking for money, according to the North Augusta Department of Public Safety.

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