A Bethlehem Area School District employee charged with masturbating while he drove on Route 33 offered a unique excuse through his attorney in the lead up to being accepted into a first-offender programme on Tuesday, police said.

48-year-old Guy Labar of East Stroudsburg claimed it was a case not of lewdness, but of “manscaping” gone wrong, said Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli, using a slang term for male grooming.

“The witness didn’t see any manscaping going on,” added Assistant District Attorney Patricia Mulqueen, who prosecuted the case.

State police said that early on Oct. 24, Labar exposed himself to a truck driver on Route 33 in Bushkill Township near the Wind Gap exit.

Labar had his car’s dome light on and sped up and slowed down as the truck driver did, police said.

In an interview with a trooper, Labar admitted he was driving with his genitals exposed, according to court records.

His defence attorney, James Swetz, has argued there was another side to the story, saying that “looks can be deceiving” but declining to comment further.

Accepted into Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition, Labar will avoid a criminal record if he completes two years of probation and pays court costs and fines.

Labar was assistant supervisor of transportation for the Bethlehem district when he was charged last year with indecent exposure, open lewdness and disorderly conduct.

Superintendent Joseph Roy said that Labar has resigned his position.

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