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'Creepy foot guy' sentenced in Pa.

September 20, 2007|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - A West Virginia man whom Pennsylvania State Police said made hundreds of calls to businesses asking women employees about their feet was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to probation.

"What do they call a foot doctor?" Judge John Walker asked the court stenographer during the sentencing of James Lee Fink. Getting the answer, Walker then jokingly suggested Fink should have thought about being a podiatrist.

Fink, 31, whose last known address was in Martinsburg, W.Va., pleaded guilty to harassment in August, according to court records. Walker sentenced him to a year on probation, fined him $200 and ordered Fink not to have contact with one named victim and The Shoe Department, a store at the Chambersburg Mall.

"Defendant shall not harass anyone about their feet," Walker wrote on the sentencing order.

The affidavit of probable cause stated that on April 4, 2006, an employee at The Shoe Department called police and reported receiving several calls from a man using the name Brian Thompson, whose "conversations would focus on the feet of the female employees."

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The man also came to the store on a few occasions and women at other stores in the mall also reported receiving similar calls, police said. Two days later, the woman at The Shoe Department told police that an employee at The Shoe Department store in Frederick, Md., had been dating a man who called himself Brian Thompson.

Police got the phone number and found it was Fink's, the affidavit stated.

Telephone records showed Fink called Chambersburg Mall 119 times between Feb. 1 and May 8, 2006. During the same time, he called the Comfort Inn on Black Gap Road 17 times, police said.

"You mean the creepy foot guy?" the manager of the hotel said when asked about the calls, according to the affidavit.

Fink also placed 513 calls to a hotel in Havelock, N.C., asking women about their feet, police said.

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