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Man With Foot Fetish Gets 7 to 14 Years for Hundreds of Lewd Calls to Prison Workers

January 20, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Monica Furber, 215.348.6297, mwfurber@buckscounty.org

A Bristol Township man who acknowledged making hundreds of lewd and harassing phone calls to at least 16 female prison employees was sentenced today to serve 7 to 14 years in state prison.

Carl James Gaither, 35, sometimes terrorized his victims by learning their names and other personal information and incorporating it into his phone calls. The calls often centered on sexually explicit fantasies involving Gaither’s fetish for feet. At times he would identify himself to his victims as “John the foot guy.”

“One can only imagine how terrorized they must have been,” said Bucks County Judge Rea B. Boylan, who imposed the sentence.

Gaither pled guilty on Dec. 2 to 16 counts of stalking, all first-degree misdemeanors. The judge imposed three consecutive 2- to 4-year sentences: one for the first six counts of stalking, one for the next six counts and one for the final four counts.

Boylan tacked on an additional 1- to 2-year sentence, followed by 8 years of state probation, for an unrelated burglary Gaither committed in June. He admitted breaking into a Tullytown boat sales business and stealing a power washer.

Gaither originally was accused of making close to 1,000 calls to more than two dozen women. The number of charges later was reduced to reflect the number of victims who were available to testify, said Deputy District Attorney Monica W. Furber, who prosecuted the case.

The calls were made to the victims at their workplaces between November 2014 and April 2015. Most of the victims worked at the Bucks County Correctional Facility, where Gaither has been imprisoned in the past. Gaither also victimized female workers at state prisons where he has done time, including Coal Township in Northumberland County, Camp Hill in Cumberland County, and Houtzdale in Clearfield County.

State police were able to trace some of the calls to a cell phone billed to a pseudonym that Gaither used. The billing records also contained Gaither’s correct date of birth. Phone records later showed that the other harassing calls were made from the same cell phone number.

Gaither’s adult criminal record dates to 1999, Furber said in court, and includes convictions for terroristic threats, burglary, receiving stolen property, indecent exposure and disorderly conduct. “The defendant is a career criminal and a threat to the community,” she told Boylan.

Defense attorney W. Craig Penglase said a psychological examination found that Gaither has an “antisocial personality” disorder in which he is unable to control his impulses or conform his behavior to societal norms. Penglase said that Gaither would require additional treatment and evaluation.

Boylan ordered Gaither to have no further contact with his victims, and to undergo sex-offender, mental-health and drug-and-alcohol treatment in prison. She also specified that he not be incarcerated in any of the prisons where his harassing calls had been directed.

Approved for release by Michelle A. Henry, First Assistant District Attorney.

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