A 23-year-old man is under arrest after asking a girl if he could touch her feet, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Detectives say he might have approached hundreds of females in the Dundee and Lake Hamilton areas.
Reginald Cruz of Dundee was arrested Wednesday and charged with lewd lascivious conduct on a person under 18, obtaining property by fraud, two counts of battery and one count of attempted battery.
In the case that led to the charge, Cruz approached a 10-year-old girl in January and asked to play with her toes, the sheriff’s office said. The girl ran inside her house and told her mother.
Cruz, who told detectives he has a fetish for women’s feet, said in December he started approaching hundreds of females and asked to touch or massage their feet by telling them stories like he was trying to earn a Boy Scout community service badge or that he was a Polk State College student doing medical research on feet, the sheriff’s office said.
He told detectives that after massaging their feet, he would see if they trusted him enough to let him kiss their feet or suck their toes, activities from which he got sexual pleasure, according to the sheriff’s office. In more than one case, Cruz also kissed or sucked on the women’s feet.
Detectives also found out that Cruz targeted dark-skinned females, such as those of Latin, Haitian, Jamaican, or black heritage. He told detectives he would approach females at shopping centers, parks and community halls, in addition to while they were in their cars and their homes or while walking down the street. Four victims have been indentified, and they range in age from 10 years old to 32 years old.
Authorities also released a photo of his car — a 1993, two-door, teal Honda Accord — hoping it will help other victims recall interaction with him. Several victims recall a green Honda with a loud muffler after the incidents.
Detectives are asking other potential victims to contact the sheriff's office at (863) 298-6200.