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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

an appropriate show tune...

So long, farewell

201 posted on 08/27/2007 4:01:25 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Through the night with a light from above ...)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Well, duh. I gave you his name and you pinged him. The question was, what do you think he’s gonna do about this?

202 posted on 08/27/2007 4:02:04 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: AuntB

I’ve decided that there’s a clear difference between conservatives and republicans.

A republican finds out about this and immediately points at democrat behaviors and worries about the GOP holding power.

A conservative is glad he’s caught and wants him gone but hopes to replace him with a conservative.

203 posted on 08/27/2007 4:02:44 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: Liberty Valance

204 posted on 08/27/2007 4:02:52 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Through the night with a light from above ...)
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To: Blogger

people are switching things up. I hate when people do that to wiki.

205 posted on 08/27/2007 4:03:59 PM PDT by RatsDawg
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To: RatsDawg
He spent 10 days in jail already?

The jail term was 'stayed', meaning if he violates probation he goes in.

206 posted on 08/27/2007 4:04:14 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (A person who does not want the best for America)
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To: Blogger
Craig believes that discharging your weapon is protected by the U.S. Constitution (no pun intended).
More from the clever folks at Wikipedia. See above for the first comment.
207 posted on 08/27/2007 4:04:21 PM PDT by Blogger (
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To: teawithmisswilliams
"Craig hasn’t been conservative in years. Blackmail?"

I've suspected a lot that has been going on for quite some time, beginning when the Clintons got in the White House.

208 posted on 08/27/2007 4:04:40 PM PDT by StormEye
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To: ElkGroveDan


209 posted on 08/27/2007 4:04:49 PM PDT by Atchafalaya
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To: cripplecreek
By their own hand, the GOP in 2008:

210 posted on 08/27/2007 4:04:56 PM PDT by quark
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To: RatsDawg

They’re horrible. I feel sorry for the perv. His life, as it was, is ruined.

211 posted on 08/27/2007 4:05:29 PM PDT by Blogger (
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To: Shermy

you’d think the pubie party would wake up.

i’m tired of voting for a stupid party.

212 posted on 08/27/2007 4:05:55 PM PDT by ken21
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

Oh, thanks for clearing that up, I thought it meant he stayed in jail for 10 days.

213 posted on 08/27/2007 4:06:24 PM PDT by RatsDawg
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To: txflake

What a stupid question.

I gave you a nice answer, but no....

Who said anything about buckhead doing anything about this?

Do yourself a favor, and just forget it.

214 posted on 08/27/2007 4:06:24 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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To: DesScorp

Get rid of all the POS’S. I’m so tired of this crapp. When are the “real men” in this country going to come out and kick some arse?

215 posted on 08/27/2007 4:06:36 PM PDT by hkp123
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To: Shermy
Our country is truly led by some sick people.

It becomes easier and easier all the time to understand how we've gotten to this sad state we're in.

216 posted on 08/27/2007 4:06:37 PM PDT by jpl (Dear Al Gore: it's 3:00 A.M., do you know where your drug addicted son is?)
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To: ElkGroveDan
He was standing at a urinal on his cell phone when Dick Cheney called to give him a favorable update on progress in Iraq, whereupon Craig said aloud "Nice, Dick!"

Post of the Year!!!!!!!!!

217 posted on 08/27/2007 4:07:00 PM PDT by codercpc
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To: Blogger

210 posts and’s about time for this thread to melt into a flame war...

218 posted on 08/27/2007 4:07:12 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: Atchafalaya
Sen. Craig: "But judge, I'm not a real Marine. I was just wearing the hat!"
219 posted on 08/27/2007 4:07:12 PM PDT by quark
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To: Responsibility2nd

Whatev, JE.

220 posted on 08/27/2007 4:07:19 PM PDT by txhurl
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