ROCKLAND — A Hope man is facing charges after allegedly mooning and cursing at a Maine State Police trooper who was conducting a traffic stop.

Aaron Buckingham, 19, was arrested and charged with indecent exposure and disorderly conduct, said Maine State Police Lt. David Tripp.

The incident sprang from what appeared like an ordinary traffic stop Saturday on U.S. Route 1 in Rockland. Trooper Scott Quintero, who had pulled the vehicle over, noticed a man, later identified as Buckingham, in the parking lot of a nearby convenience store.

“Buckingham had pulled his pants down and was bending over at the waist, exposing himself in the direction of the trooper, while cursing and pointing at his backside,” Tripp said.

Buckingham told police he was trying to distract Quintero from the traffic stop.

“While driving to the jail, Buckingham was advised that he was successful in getting the trooper’s attention,” Tripp said.