An appearance in District Court resulted in a short jail stint for Faulkner County’s “toe-sucker” on Wednesday afternoon, when his one-year suspended sentence was reinstated by Judge Amy Brazil.
Michael Wyatt, 50, of Vilonia entered a plea of no contest in March to a pair of misdemeanor harassment charges. He was given a one-year suspended sentence by Brazil on the condition that no similar incidents occurred or additional charges were filed.
Brazil ordered Wyatt to jail on Wednesday after additional harassment charges were filed in Cabot District Court on May 18, when a woman came forward and claimed that he had approached her in Cabot in a similar fashion.
Wyatt’s attorney filed an appeal following Brazil’s order and Wyatt was released from jail pending appeal.
The case will now be sent to the Faulkner County Circuit Court, where it will likely be brought before a jury.
Wyatt was arrested in September after two female victims identified him in a lineup. The women said Wyatt followed them around retail stores on separate occasions, commenting on their feet and asking if he could suck on their toes.
The incidents occurred in 2011 at TJ Maxx and Petsmart in Conway. Brazil ordered Wyatt not to return to either business.
Wyatt also was ordered to continue sessions with a psychiatrist and he is barred from contacting either victim for one year.
Wyatt has prior convictions on similar harassment charges in Little Rock, Cabot and Fayetteville.
According to a Log Cabin report from 1999, Wyatt was arrested in Fayetteville in a more disturbing scenario in which the victim claimed he approached her in Walmart and asked if she wanted her feet to be amputated. The victim said that Wyatt identified himself as a massage therapist and showed her pictures of women with no feet.
Wyatt pleaded guilty in 1990 to assault and criminal impersonation after he was arrested for pretending to be a podiatrist. The victim in that incident was approached in a woman’s clothing store.
Wyatt received a sentence of court-ordered therapy, a fine and one year of probation, which was later revoked when he was arrested in Cabot on similar charges.
He served just over one year in prison on a terroristic threatening charge in 1991. A convenience store employee told police that Wyatt said he would cut off her feet and suck her toes while she bled to death.
Victims told police that Wyatt has toes missing on each foot.
(Staff writer Courtney Spradlin contributed to this report. Megan Reynolds is a staff writer and can be reached at 505-1277 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To comment on this story and others, visit www.thecabin.net)