ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Authorities have charged a three-year veteran of the Bethlehem Police Department with indecent exposure.
Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin announced charges against Glenn Woolard during a news conference at the Lehigh County Courthouse on Friday.
"This is always a sad day for law-enforcement, when these kinds of things occur," Martin said.
The Lower Macungie Township resident, once an aspiring major league pitcher, was hired as a Bethlehem police officer in February 2013.
"Prior to his employment with the Bethlehem Police Department, Ofc. Woolard served honorably with the U.S. Army in the 75th Ranger Battalion," Martin said. "He did multiple tours of duty in those Iraq and Afghanistan."
Woolard, 35, faces two misdemeanor counts of indecent exposure and two summary counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly masturbating in the parking lot of the Target store at the new Hamilton Crossings shopping center in Lower Macungie Township and while driving on Hamilton Boulevard.
Pennsylvania State Police with the Fogelsville barracks investigated the incidents that reportedly happened September 27 and on Wednesday. Charges were filed against Woolard on Friday.
He was arraigned and released without bail. His next court date is a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for October 20.
Woolard was suspended from the police department on Wednesday.
In the first incident, a woman reported seeing Woolard allegedly masturbating in his car while sitting in the Target parking lot. On Wednesday another woman reported seeing Woolard masturbating while driving on Hamilton Boulevard between Cedar Crest Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue.
The witness told police that she was driving at the same time.
Bethlehem police Chief Mark DiLuzio said Woolard was neither in uniform nor driving a city police vehicle during either incident. He declined further comment.
Wollard's minor league baseball career ended in 2005. He is a member of the Kutztown University Hall of Fame. The 2012 inductee was named the 2002 Rawlings Division II player of the year and is considered one of the best pitchers in school history.
Woolard was named MVP of the 2002 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference tournament and was drafted in the 10th round of the 2002 draft by the San Francisco Giants.
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