Being arrested for any number of reasons can be scary. Regardless of the circumstances involved, facing charges for criminal offenses does not automatically make a suspect guilty. In North Carolina, sexually related offenses vary from case to case. Even those that appear to be the most bizarre of offenses are subject to proof beyond reasonable doubt.
A recent arrest took place in the shoe department of a local supermarket. While searching for shoes, a woman was approached by a man who suggested that he was a podiatry student, at which point the two started talking. After engaging in conversation for a short while, the man proceeded to persuade her into trying on various pairs of shoes with his assistance.
Still under the assumption that the young man was a Walmart employee, the woman sat down and allowed the man to fit shoes to her feet. It was not reported how long the two had been conversing, but during the consult, the man stuck the woman's foot in his mouth and began sucking on her toes. Unsettled by his actions, the woman became very upset and in a panic. The man prompted to buy her groceries in an attempt to avoid further altercations.
The suspect fled the scene before police arrived. Authorities were able to identify the man due to security footage obtained from the store, and he was arrested a few hours later. The 31-year-old man was taken into police custody and is facing criminal charges for sexually related offenses. Even though the man in this case has a record for prior sexual offenses in North Carolina, he still has the right to a strong defense. The burden of proof rests with the accuser and the police who investigated the scene, but if either fail to provide sufficient evidence for their case, there may be an opportunity to reduce the charges against him.
Source: The State, "NC man arrested in Walmart toe-sucking case", Steve Lyttle and Joe DePriest, March 21, 2014