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Craig Arrested, Pleads Guilty Following Incident in Airport Restroom
Roll Call ^ | August 27, 2007 | John McArdle

Posted on 08/27/2007 2:14:41 PM PDT by Shermy

Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) was arrested in June at a Minnesota airport by a plainclothes police officer investigating lewd conduct complaints in a men’s public restroom, according to an arrest report obtained by Roll Call Monday afternoon.

Craig’s arrest occurred just after noon on June 11 at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. On Aug. 8, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct in the Hennepin County District Court. He paid more than $500 in fines and fees, and a 10-day jail sentence was stayed. He also was given one year of probation with the court that began on Aug. 8.

A spokesman for Craig described the incident as a “he said/he said misunderstanding,” and said the office would release a fuller statement later Monday afternoon.

After he was arrested, Craig, who is married, was taken to the Airport Police Operations Center to be interviewed about the lewd conduct incident, according to the police report. At one point during the interview, Craig handed the plainclothes sergeant who arrested him a business card that identified him as a U.S. Senator and said, “What do you think about that?” the report states.

Craig was detained for approximately 45 minutes, interviewed, photographed, fingerprinted and released, and police prepared a formal complaint for interference with privacy and disorderly conduct.

According to the incident report, Sgt. Dave Karsnia was working as a plainclothes officer on June 11 investigating civilian complaints regarding sexual activity in the men’s public restroom in which Craig was arrested.

Airport police previously had made numerous arrests in the men’s restroom of the Northstar Crossing in the Lindbergh Terminal in connection with sexual activity.

Karsnia entered the bathroom at noon that day and about 13 minutes after taking a seat in a stall, he stated he could see “an older white male with grey hair standing outside my stall.”

The man, who lingered in front of the stall for two minutes, was later identified as Craig.

“I could see Craig look through the crack in the door from his position. Craig would look down at his hands, ‘fidget’ with his fingers, and then look through the crack into my stall again. Craig would repeat this cycle for about two minutes,” the report states.

Craig then entered the stall next to Karsnia’s and placed his roller bag against the front of the stall door.

“My experience has shown that individuals engaging in lewd conduct use their bags to block the view from the front of their stall,” Karsnia stated in his report. “From my seated position, I could observe the shoes and ankles of Craig seated to the left of me.”

Craig was wearing dress pants with black dress shoes.

“At 1216 hours, Craig tapped his right foot. I recognized this as a signal used by persons wishing to engage in lewd conduct. Craig tapped his toes several times and moves his foot closer to my foot. I moved my foot up and down slowly. While this was occurring, the male in the stall to my right was still present. I could hear several unknown persons in the restroom that appeared to use the restroom for its intended use. The presence of others did not seem to deter Craig as he moved his right foot so that it touched the side of my left foot which was within my stall area,” the report states.

Craig then proceeded to swipe his hand under the stall divider several times, and Karsnia noted in his report that “I could ... see Craig had a gold ring on his ring finger as his hand was on my side of the stall divider.”

Karsnia then held his police identification down by the floor so that Craig could see it.

“With my left hand near the floor, I pointed towards the exit. Craig responded, ‘No!’ I again pointed towards the exit. Craig exited the stall with his roller bags without flushing the toilet. ... Craig said he would not go. I told Craig that he was under arrest, he had to go, and that I didn’t want to make a scene. Craig then left the restroom.”

In a recorded interview after his arrest, Craig “either disagreed with me or ‘didn’t recall’ the events as they happened,” the report states.

Craig stated “that he has a wide stance when going to the bathroom and that his foot may have touched mine,” the report states. Craig also told the arresting officer that he reached down with his right hand to pick up a piece of paper that was on the floor.

“It should be noted that there was not a piece of paper on the bathroom floor, nor did Craig pick up a piece of paper,” the arresting officer said in the report.

On Aug. 8, the day he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in the Minnesota court, Craig appeared via satellite at a ceremony that took place in Idaho in which former Idaho federal Judge Randy Smith was invested into his new position as a judge on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

In October 2006, Craig’s office publicly denied allegations that he was a homosexual made on a gay activist Web site — Craig’s office told the Spokane Spokesman-Review that the charge was “completely ridiculous,” saying that the allegations had “no basis in fact.”

Steven T. Dennis contributed to this report.

TOPICS: Breaking News; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; US: Idaho
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To: Shermy
Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) affiliation right up front...

Anyway senator, correct. youdaho.

181 posted on 08/27/2007 3:52:07 PM PDT by SGCOS
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To: Shermy

This is the funniest thing I have read all day.

Too bad he has that R next to his name.

182 posted on 08/27/2007 3:52:40 PM PDT by trumandogz
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I posted an Article this morning about the Sentencing of Tennessee’s Harry Ford, and noted it took FOURTEEN PARAGRAPHS before it was mentioned in passing that he was a DEMOCRAT!

183 posted on 08/27/2007 3:53:23 PM PDT by tcrlaf (You can lead a Liberal to LOGIC, but you can't make it THINK)
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Smarten up? Long before President Reagan spoke of not speaking ill of those I was listening and learning just like now. Sure, purge the Bass waste but start with the waste before us.

184 posted on 08/27/2007 3:53:57 PM PDT by soycd
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To: Anti-Bubba182

He needs to resign. How can our party stand for family values with a guy like this in office under the GOP banner?

185 posted on 08/27/2007 3:53:59 PM PDT by puroresu
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To: Shermy

Craig was detained for approximately 45 minutes, interviewed, photographed, fingerprinted and released, and police prepared a formal complaint for interference with privacy and disorderly conduct.

So if I check to see if a stall is empty I am interfering with someones privacy?

If he was arrested in June why are we just now hearing about it..

186 posted on 08/27/2007 3:54:20 PM PDT by linn37 (Phlebotomists need love too.)
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To: George W. Bush
If the vice squad was gonna nail a GOP pansy in the men's room, then why oh why oh why [dear God] could it not have been Lindsey Graham?

When they catch little Goober, it will be with a Little Bo Peep costume (just Lindsey's size) and with a bunch of farm animals. I predicted it. Bookmark it!

Or Arlen Specter.

Never gonna happen. For that, you'd have to dress the cops in kilts. Arlen wouldn't be able to resist that up-skirt thing.


187 posted on 08/27/2007 3:54:42 PM PDT by KayEyeDoubleDee (const Tag &referenceToConstTag)
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To: Shermy

And after he earned my trust in that potato commercial.

188 posted on 08/27/2007 3:55:09 PM PDT by LukeL
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To: kenth

"I'm for open zippers and support
an open zippers policy."
189 posted on 08/27/2007 3:55:38 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: cripplecreek

By gosh you can’t say ol’ Larry didn’t fight the American people right to the end!

Congress on immigration:
Keep trying


Attendees at the 2007 American Nursery and Landscape Association Legislative Conference visited approximately 250 House and Senate offices representing 40 states to lobby for a solution to the labor and immigration crisis and to support specialty crop provisions in the 2007 Farm Bill reauthorization. Research funding and water policy were also addressed.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez and Senator Larry Craig, R-Idaho, addressed the attendees, encouraging them to maintain their efforts to achieve a necessary solution for securing a viable workforce for our country’s agricultural and seasonal industries. According to ANLA Vice President of Government Relations, Craig Regelbrugge, “This event took place at a critical time. Our attendees were the first broad industry delegation, following the recent failed Senate vote on comprehensive immigration reform, to discuss all aspects of the immigration issue and to tell Congress that failure or inaction are not acceptable.”

Gutierrez, himself an immigrant to the United States, stated, “This isn’t over. Think about how you can have a louder and louder voice. We must achieve immigration reform for our national and our economic security. History will show that you were on the right side.”

The evening the conference concluded, Senators Craig and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., engaged in a 40-minute debate on the Senate floor in an attempt to introduce AgJOBS provisions, agricultural worker immigration reform, in response to anti-immigrant language introduced into the Farm Bill.

Regelbrugge said, “This unexpected opportunity, while not immediately successful, confirms the importance of steady vigilance in our lobbying efforts to encourage our representatives to support this legislation.”

190 posted on 08/27/2007 3:55:39 PM PDT by AuntB (" It takes more than walking across the border to be an American." Duncan Hunter)
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To: puroresu

I agree.

191 posted on 08/27/2007 3:56:07 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Responsibility2nd

What do you think buckhead is gonna do about this?

192 posted on 08/27/2007 3:56:20 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: snarks_when_bored

Thank you for raising the enlightenment of this thread...

193 posted on 08/27/2007 3:56:33 PM PDT by Old Sarge (This tagline in memory of FReeper 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub)
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To: vox_freedom

He spent 10 days in jail already? Wow, it is a suprise we are just hearing about this...

194 posted on 08/27/2007 3:57:14 PM PDT by RatsDawg
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To: Shermy
Sounds like the actions of a darling of the Left.
195 posted on 08/27/2007 3:57:26 PM PDT by Thumper1960 (Unleash the Dogs of War as a Minority, or perish as a party.)
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To: vox_freedom

Nicole Richie stays in jail for 30 mins, and the whole country knows about it.

196 posted on 08/27/2007 3:57:53 PM PDT by RatsDawg
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To: Shermy

From Wiki - Early life and education
Craig was born in Council, Idaho, to Dorothy Lenore McCord and Elvin Oren Craig.[2] He grew up on a ranch outside Midvale, a ranch he likes to brag his grandfather “homesteaded” in 1899. Now, unfortunately, it will be viewed as the Brokeback Mountain of the Potato State. It’s in Washington County.

197 posted on 08/27/2007 3:57:57 PM PDT by Blogger (
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To: traditional1
I suspect the person at the urinal next to him was Hillary?

LOLOLOLOL........Too funny and quite possible! LOL

198 posted on 08/27/2007 3:57:59 PM PDT by melancholy (Quiz: name one country, other than the USA, that doesn't control its borders.)
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To: irish guard

Yeah, I love the cop who knows all the “signals” and stuff.

Such silliness.

199 posted on 08/27/2007 3:59:02 PM PDT by rwfromkansas ("Dick Cheney should have gone hunting with Hillary." -- Yakov Smirnoff)
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To: txflake

If you mention a FReeper or refer to them - good or bad; it’s common FR courtesy to ping them.

200 posted on 08/27/2007 4:00:29 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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