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Albany man arrested in college foot therapy scam

ALBANY, Ga. -- An Albany man took his attraction to women's feet to Darton College and got arrested for simple battery, said a Darton College Police Department official.

Daryl Melton, 19, was in Dougherty County Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail Thursday, a jail spokeswoman said.

Melton talked a Darton woman into taking part in an orthopedic therapy survey in a library study room Tuesday, Sgt. Adie Durden said.

Although not a student or an employee of Darton, Melton acted as if he was on the level, Durden said. He asked questions and wrote down answers such as shoe size.

"The woman thought he was legit," Durden said. "It was progressive. He'd ask questions. Move to take off a shoe. Touch her feet, all the time talking."

When he began to smell and kiss the woman's feet, she became suspicious, Durden said. She started to walk out and then run, he added.

"While she was leaving he said to her, 'Wait, wait, I have a foot fetish,'" Durden said. " 'Can I touch your feet one last time?' "