Coopersburg mailman strips naked, except for mail bag, in customer’s home

A mailman on his Coopersburg route last month asked a woman to use her apartment bathroom and, when he came back out, he was naked except for a mail bag covering his genitals, police said.

James A. Gonzales, 45, the mailman, briefly exposed his genitals to the woman in the 2 p.m. Sept. 7 encounter before putting his clothes back on and leaving her Fairmount Street apartment, according to the police arrest affidavit.

After an investigation of the mailman, whom the woman knew only as Jim, borough police Oct. 2 charged Gonzales, of Theresa Drive, Richland Township, with indecent exposure and harassment.

Gonzales had been the woman’s mailman since 2012, police said. She described him as having “lots of tattoos on both arms and always had both his sleeves rolled up on this postal uniform,” the affidavit says.

When he came to the woman’s door and asked permission to refill his water bottles and use her bathroom, she allowed him in because his face was familiar, police said.

But “he emerged from the bathroom completely naked with his mail bag hanging in front of his genital area,” the affidavit says. The woman saw Gonzales and walked away, to the front of her apartment, police said.

“Several minutes later when she attempted to walk back to the rear of her apartment, she was met by the mail carrier in the area of her bedroom,” the affidavit says. “At that point the mail carrier moved the mail bag to the side, exposing his genital area.”

Gonzales did not touch the woman, according to the affidavit.

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Now he is qualified to be promoted to a POOM.