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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 — blogactive.com. 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: ConservativeDude
:Too bad. Craig was a longtime, solid conservative.”

What’s solid conservative about open boarders and amnesty? A position one might take is someone had pictures of him...

251 posted on 08/27/2007 4:27:47 PM PDT by babygene (Never look into the laser with your last good eye...)
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To: traditional1

252 posted on 08/27/2007 4:28:13 PM PDT by jaz.357 (...diagonally parked in a parallel universe.)
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To: cripplecreek

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.

RIGHT ON


253 posted on 08/27/2007 4:28:46 PM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: Shermy

More GOP dead weight to be purged. That’s good. There’s seem to be a lot of GOPers who are choosing to retire. If they want to self-terminate like fairy-boy here, so much the better. Don’t the let the door hit you on the butt on the way out, unless you like it that way.


254 posted on 08/27/2007 4:29:53 PM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Sharpei diem -- Seize the wrinkled dog.)
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To: George W. Bush

LOL! I don’t blame you. But don’t fear the reaper ;o)


255 posted on 08/27/2007 4:32:11 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Through the night with a light from above ...)
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To: SierraWasp
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1885625/posts

Well Known Republican Strategist 1 Of 3 Found Dead In Home In Orlando.

There are suggestions of a gay love triangle. Maybe the wheelchair guy is on the witchhunt he promised.

256 posted on 08/27/2007 4:32:27 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: Dilbert San Diego
Big news? This happened in June, and we're just now hearing about it?

Looks like the MSM hasn't been all that interested. With more and more Republicans, it's getting to be less and less of a big story.

257 posted on 08/27/2007 4:33:33 PM PDT by AFreeCountry74 (USA: We own the planet.)
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To: SierraWasp
What? Do you smell that crippled Hustler publisher that’s also mentally crippled???

Not unless Flint was in his wheelchair in a public bathroom in a Minnisota airport. Craig hasn't been a conservative for a long time, if ever. He used conservatism to ride into office, just like too many of our pres. candiates. Craig endorsed Romney, BTW.

258 posted on 08/27/2007 4:33:36 PM PDT by AuntB (" It takes more than walking across the border to be an American." Duncan Hunter)
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To: Bainbridge
Good grief, Republicans have nothing to do with perverted Craig in a bathroom, lol.
259 posted on 08/27/2007 4:33:49 PM PDT by roses of sharon
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

And just what are we going to replace him with? Look at A. Gonzalez today. The good guys are going to get to where they won’t run for fear of being destroyed. What we will be left with is the mediocre and the corrupt.


260 posted on 08/27/2007 4:34:34 PM PDT by Blogger (Propheteuon.com)
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To: Andy'smom

I have never heard the phrase “Friend of Dorthy” before.


261 posted on 08/27/2007 4:35:56 PM PDT by RatsDawg
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To: AuntB
I knew Craig was an expedient conservative, but Larry Flint did promise to "out" stinky stuff on Republicans he felt were being hipocrites and difficult to Democraps...

Remember, I'm not a Party member of any party since November elections 2002!!! But I still find more conservatives and CONservatives in the Repellican Party than the Demonicrat Party, by far and away!!!

262 posted on 08/27/2007 4:38:51 PM PDT by SierraWasp (Thou shalt not steal!!! Our greedy governments in Sacremento and Washington hate competition!!!)
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To: soycd
Guilty as charged? DU is calling you....go to the dark if you will.

Make that guilty as admitted. Per the story, he pled guilty, and that pretty much does away with any presumption of innocence.

263 posted on 08/27/2007 4:39:52 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: Pining_4_TX

“maybe it get lonely in Idaho”

He can always go over to Wyoming :*0

(Apologies to WY, just had to get in a Brokeback Mtn. joke)


264 posted on 08/27/2007 4:40:19 PM PDT by Natchez Hawk (What's so funny about the first, second, and fourth Amendments?)
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To: umgud
I never shake hands with homos.

You THINK you never shake hands with homos.

265 posted on 08/27/2007 4:42:00 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Elections have consequences.)
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To: SierraWasp

Yep.


266 posted on 08/27/2007 4:42:05 PM PDT by AuntB (" It takes more than walking across the border to be an American." Duncan Hunter)
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To: DesScorp

He ought to hook with the cross dressing freak, Guiliani. They’d make a cute couple I’m sure.


267 posted on 08/27/2007 4:42:38 PM PDT by hiredhand (My kitty disappeared. NOT the rifle!)
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To: hkp123

Are all those intended puns?


268 posted on 08/27/2007 4:42:53 PM PDT by Rennes Templar ("The future ain't what it used to be".........Yogi Berra)
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To: txflake
"Maybe the wheelchair guy is on the witchhunt he promised."

Well he claims to have a giant (bleep) on for hipocrites in the Republican Party, so we know he'll never do any outings of Demonicrats cause everybody knows they only have sorta fiscal CONservatives... (See Reply #162)

269 posted on 08/27/2007 4:43:38 PM PDT by SierraWasp
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To: Riverman94610
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
270 posted on 08/27/2007 4:44:20 PM PDT by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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To: ConservativeDude

He was probably flying NW.


271 posted on 08/27/2007 4:44:59 PM PDT by Clemenza (Rudy Giuliani, like Pesto and Seattle, belongs in the scrap heap of '90s Culture)
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To: RatsDawg
It used to be "Do you know Judy?" meaning Garland. I'm not entirely sure what was so gay about The Wizard Of Oz and neither was any gay person I ever asked.
272 posted on 08/27/2007 4:45:12 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: MEGoody
How the heck does one 'identify' someone they only saw from the feet to the knees, and a little bit as they supposedly 'peeked' through a crack? Sorry, but you can't do it.

You see the feet and shoes under the door.

Then the person enters the stall next to you.

Then they signal as discussed, and you arrest them.

NOW you know that the feet and shoes belonged to the accused now identified as Craig.

The order in which the narrative was written is what makes it seem backwards, but the ID was made at the end of the narrative and is carried forward to the earlier events.

273 posted on 08/27/2007 4:45:35 PM PDT by muffaletaman
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To: greyfoxx39

Are you speculating that Romney knew about Craig’s predelictions? Romney is a candidate out looking for support wherever he can find it; you can’t hang Craig’s behavior over his head. What, should candidates ask every supporter if they like to have sex with men in bathrooms before getting their support? Give me a break!


274 posted on 08/27/2007 4:45:54 PM PDT by Galena Nevada
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To: irish guard
I like how the one guy knows the “signal” of tapping your foot.

I thought the signal was to drop a salami on the floor.

275 posted on 08/27/2007 4:46:20 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Elections have consequences.)
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To: wideminded
Why risk public humiliation from arrest in a public restroom...

I think humiliation has to be part of it. Certainly, degradation is.

276 posted on 08/27/2007 4:49:25 PM PDT by Duke Nukum (...no more I follow, no more obedience pay.)
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To: RatsDawg

His jail time was waived.


277 posted on 08/27/2007 4:49:46 PM PDT by Galena Nevada
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To: Shermy

“My experience has shown that individuals engaging in lewd conduct use their bags to block the view from the front of their stall,”

In an airport bathroom stall where else is there room for a bag?


278 posted on 08/27/2007 4:50:01 PM PDT by toldyou
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To: RatsDawg

“I have never heard the phrase “Friend of Dorthy” before.”

I guess it must be because I live in Massachusetts....

Anyway, from now on, if freepers hear the phrase “he was a FOD, or “Friend of Dorothy”, they will know.


279 posted on 08/27/2007 4:50:22 PM PDT by Andy'smom
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To: txflake; AuH2ORepublican

Something funny about a guy named “Butch Otter” having to replace a guy who got busted for “cruising.”


280 posted on 08/27/2007 4:50:24 PM PDT by Clemenza (Rudy Giuliani, like Pesto and Seattle, belongs in the scrap heap of '90s Culture)
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To: RatsDawg
He spent 10 days in jail already? Wow, it is a suprise we are just hearing about this...

The 10 days was "stayed" most likely "held" unless/until there was another related charge within the next year or some designated by the court time-frame. The fact that he pleaded guilty for this charge is the telling issue. He obviously felt culpable and believed he would have been convicted on the charge if it went to trial. While not compelled to do so he also would have had to testify in his own defense, and was reluctant to do so for whatever reasons. I can imagine the questions: "Have you ever had sex in a public restroom with another man?" etc.

281 posted on 08/27/2007 4:51:08 PM PDT by vox_freedom
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To: Riverman94610

“Do you ride side-saddle, or astride?” -— Heathcliff in “Wuthering Heights.”


282 posted on 08/27/2007 4:56:00 PM PDT by Clemenza (Rudy Giuliani, like Pesto and Seattle, belongs in the scrap heap of '90s Culture)
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To: Billthedrill
I'm not entirely sure what was so gay about The Wizard Of Oz and neither was any gay person I ever asked.

How many have you asked? Just askin' here.

283 posted on 08/27/2007 4:57:09 PM PDT by vox_freedom
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To: PJ-Comix

Wasn’t “Sea Bass” the trucker the one who was trolling in that film?


284 posted on 08/27/2007 4:57:37 PM PDT by Clemenza (Rudy Giuliani, like Pesto and Seattle, belongs in the scrap heap of '90s Culture)
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To: vox_freedom

Four or five - I used to live in Seattle. Had plenty of gay friends, and most of them think public restroom sex is disgusting too.


285 posted on 08/27/2007 5:00:30 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Shermy
http://www.newwest.net/index.php/city/article/idaho_sen_larry_craig_denies_allegations_of_same_sex_affairs/C108/L108/

Apparently, Craig has been reportedly having same sex affairs for years.

286 posted on 08/27/2007 5:02:22 PM PDT by EverOnward
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To: Billthedrill

New thread, Craig’s ridiculous statement: ‘http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1887436/posts';


287 posted on 08/27/2007 5:02:28 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (A person who does not want the best for America)
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To: Clemenza

Jay Leno will be happy.


288 posted on 08/27/2007 5:03:32 PM PDT by texastoo ((((((USA)))))((((((, USA))))))((((((. USA))))))))
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

Thanks for the ping. It certainly was a carefully worded statement, wasn’t it?


289 posted on 08/27/2007 5:03:41 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Billthedrill

I believe she may have hung out at the “gay” spots later in her life or maybe even peformed there or was friendly to homosexuals.

Her death in the late 60’s is linked with gay riots in New York.


290 posted on 08/27/2007 5:05:03 PM PDT by Nextrush (Proudly uncommitted in the 2008 race for president for now)
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To: Shermy

Disgusting. His poor wife.


291 posted on 08/27/2007 5:08:02 PM PDT by Cinnamon Girl (OMGIIHIHOIIC ping list)
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To: Eva
I’m not saying that they guy is innocent, but I don’t think that his suspicious actions are enough for any kind of conviction. The man should have refused comment without a lawyer.

He pleaded guilty. Enough said.

292 posted on 08/27/2007 5:09:13 PM PDT by browardchad
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To: fishtank

I’m guessing the GI is just following orders from his CO. After all, someone has to volunteer to be photographed with the Senator. My guess? No volunteers, so they drew straws.


293 posted on 08/27/2007 5:09:48 PM PDT by fortunecookie
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To: Nextrush

Craig is married and has three adopted children from his wife’s previous marriage.
This was a part of his Wikipedia entry:
“According to CNN and NNDB On 17 October 2006, gay activist Mike Rogers wrote on his blog, “I have done extensive research into this case, including trips to the Pacific Northwest to meet with men who have say they have physical relations with the Senator. I have also met with a man here in Washington, D.C., who says the same — and that these incidents occurred in the bathrooms of Union Station. None of these men know each other, or knew that I was talking to others. They all reported similar personal characteristics about the Senator, which lead me to believe, beyond any doubt, that their stories are valid.”


294 posted on 08/27/2007 5:10:47 PM PDT by jamese777
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To: Tijeras_Slim
This is gonna make for some interesting conversation around the turkey at Thanksgiving.

Skip the giblet "gravey". Blackbird.

295 posted on 08/27/2007 5:11:08 PM PDT by BlackbirdSST (I'm dug in, giving no more ground to the rino stampede. BB)
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To: gondramB
I don’t even recognize the name.. Is this a U.S. Senator?

Senator Larry Craig (R-ID) has been an ID Senator for several terms, and has also been on the NRA board of directors for several years. He's one of the staunchest defenders of 2nd Amendment rights in either house of Congress, and has been responsible for stopping quire a few antigun bills before they got to the Senate floor. I would really hate to know that he's a homo IF this report is legit.

Personally, I wouldn't put it past his bitter enemies in the gun-grabbing crowd to set him up with the help of liberal, anti-gun Minneapolis city officials and a paid off cop. This incident will probably end his career in the Senate whether it was a good arrest or not. I believe that the anti-gunners would have had him "accidentally" killed years ago if they thought they could get away with it. Even if the incident went down like it was reported, given his great value to the pro-gun cause and conservative issues of all kinds I would still support him for the Senate if I lived in ID. The one sure thing that will cause me to drop any politician no matter how valuable he or she is to conservative, pro-gun, pro-life, pro-national defense causes is for he or she to vote for a pro-abortion bill or otherwise support the abortion mill industry.

296 posted on 08/27/2007 5:13:07 PM PDT by epow ("Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

With democrats it’s a PLUS to be named a homosexual and to try and have sex in a bathroom.


297 posted on 08/27/2007 5:13:27 PM PDT by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL.)
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla
New thread, Craig’s ridiculous statement: Take two... Action...
298 posted on 08/27/2007 5:13:30 PM PDT by michigander (The Constitution only guarantees the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.)
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To: Billthedrill

Wizard of Oz is THE favorite gay movie of all time,just like Over the Rainbow is the unofficial Gay theme song.
How do I KNOW this?I used to live a block away from Castro and Market St in SF from 1973-1979,so I became very familiar with the whole”gay thing”When Wizard would play at The Castro Theatre occasionally,the place was packed.Liza Minelli even appeared there a few times and the gay crowd went bonkers in tribute of her mom.
Oh,and to all you cynics out there,I was with a WOMAN during that whole mad adventure in San Fran.So keep your nasty thoughts to yourself!


299 posted on 08/27/2007 5:15:37 PM PDT by Riverman94610
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To: Shermy

What a world we live in.

That’s all. I’m really without speech.


300 posted on 08/27/2007 5:16:47 PM PDT by Right_in_Virginia
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