"This is always a sad day for law enforcement when these kinds of things occur." This was said by Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin during a news conference. The conference was held to announce charges against Glenn Woolard, Badge #413 of the City of Bethlehem's Police force.
Woolard was caught twice exposing himself while off-duty and in his personal vehicle. The first incident was while parked outside Target/Dick's Sporting Goods. He had his windows down as if he wanted to be seen. Well, he was seen & reported by the person in the car next to him.
The second time, Woolard was driving down Hamilton Blvd. According to court records, he was "waving it around" and fondling himself. Woolard allegedly told the trooper investigating that he was just trying to stay awake while driving home, not doing it for sexual gratification.
As of right now, Woolard is suspended and charged with two counts of indecent exposure and disorderly conduct. According to Chief DiLuzio, he will also be facing further disciplinary action which could include dismissal. The department's office of professional standards is also conducting an internal investigation. After he was arraigned, Woolard was released on his own recognizance.
I would like to point out that the law surrounding his criminal charges involves sexual gratification. In laymen's terms, he was doing it to get/feel pleasure. In my opinion, he is already using his magical police powers to build a defense. This defense shows an innocent, tired, hard-working man merely distracting himself so he stayed awake rather than actually fondling himself. How many of us get to have all our bosses, as well as the chief legal representative, show up in suits to gently break the news of an unfortunate act. No, we would have our most embarrassing photo plastered against every front page of the news; We would have our addresses published and be painted as a pervert and a public danger.
Let's examine the fact that Officer Woolard was sworn into the Bethlehem Police Department on October 8, 2013. That's exactly three years ago. The two times he was caught fondling himself were only the ones that were reported, as well as had enough proof to convict on. My question is how many times has this happened over the last three years? How many people saw it, but did not report it? And how many reports were taken that were either dismissed or swept under the rug?
This reporter knows from personal experience that the city of Bethlehem has refused to hand over any records pertaining to their officers-- including public complaints. In fact, the Freedom Paradox contributors are currently involved in a higher court battle for access to those very records types.
If you feel the public deserves to know about their officers, or want to let the city know how you feel about this incident, contact them and let them know:
City Solicitor: 610-865-7011
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