CONWAY, AR – A man accused of attempting to suck women’s toes in both Conway and Cabot was sentenced to one year in jail Wednesday.
Michael Wyatt had received a one year deferred jail sentence back in March after he pleaded no contest to harassment charges in Conway. Those charges stem from incident at a TJ Maxx and a PetSmart where police say Wyatt had tired to suck on women’s toes
. Part of the conditions of the deferred sentence was that Wyatt not be charged with a similar crime.
Fast forward to May, where according to police, a Cabot Kroger’s security camera caught Wyatt approaching a woman to tell her “I would like to massage your feet and suck on them.”
Wyatt was arrested and charged with misdemeanor harassment.
Wednesday in Faulkner County, as a result of the Cabot harassment charge, a judge reinstated Wyatt’s one-year sentence. As he was leaving District Court, Wyatt denied ever trying to suck on women’s toes. Conway District Attorney Mike Murphy says this is a unique set of circumstances.
“The allegation as far as wanting to, having some sort of foot fetish, having some fascination with people’s toes and feet, no we have not seen that before,” said Murphy.
Murphy says he is pleased with Wednesday’s ruling and thinks Wyatt belongs behind bars.
“I think that in order to avoid the public being exposed to this happening again, that that’s what you’ve got to do at some point,” says Murphy.
Wyatt’s attorney, George “Birc” Morledge, disagrees, and says his client “absolutely” does not belong in jail.
“He does have another pending harassment charge (from the Cabot incident), but like I said, it’s a he-said-she-said case, and they have no other evidence beside that,” said Morledge.
Wyatt is appealing the judge’s ruling that the harassment charge in Cabot should reinstate his one-year sentence. Wyatt will be allowed to bond out of jail while the case is under appeal.
Wyatt has pleaded not guilty to the harassment charges received from the incident at the Cabot Kroger. His next court date in that case is September 9th.