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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: Soul Seeker
Well, Vitter is heterosexual and has created his own mess.

True, but it seems he's as popular as ever. Louisiana you know!

381 posted on 08/27/2007 6:25:26 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (A person who does not want the best for America)
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To: Delphinium

Hey, if that’s the worst thing that happens to you here this week, things won’t be too bad, eh? ;-)

382 posted on 08/27/2007 6:25:46 PM PDT by michigander (The Constitution only guarantees the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.)
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To: Delphinium

That could be true. But Risch was already positioning himself, and Otter might come under pressure to appoint him.

Another possibility is state AG Lawrence Wasden.

383 posted on 08/27/2007 6:27:22 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Illegal aliens commit crimes that Americans won't commit)
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To: epow
It's enough to make me want to just forget about political matters altogether and just get on with my life as it comes at me.

Me too, if I thought that the government and the world would leave my family and me alone!

384 posted on 08/27/2007 6:27:25 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (A person who does not want the best for America)
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To: epow

No, the “FOD” stuff was the kind of thing that was around in the ‘40s/’50s to tend to identify fellow gays (and apparently military types, too). Since many seem to be fairly open about it today, it’s rather old fashioned.

Although most FReepers would understandably prefer they keep their business private, the downside to having closeted officials (especially Republican ones) is that they’re easily open to blackmail. Could explain why Craig has been trending leftward in his votes (ditto Graham in SC, whom many of us suspect to be similarly light in the loafers).

385 posted on 08/27/2007 6:28:00 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

You said it. David “diapers” Vitter is starting to look like a healthy, well-adjusted guy.

386 posted on 08/27/2007 6:28:07 PM PDT by Natchez Hawk (What's so funny about the first, second, and fourth Amendments?)
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To: Fudd Fan

I think Monty Burns said it best; “Excellent.”

387 posted on 08/27/2007 6:29:46 PM PDT by steve8714 (Spiderpig..Spiderpig..does whatever a spiderpig does...can someone get that out of my head?)
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To: Blogger
Unless he switches parties, he won’t recover from this.

He'll have to do more than switch parties. He'll have to switch states. Perhaps he could run for Senator as a Democrat in California.

388 posted on 08/27/2007 6:30:49 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: AmericaUnited
My experience has shown that 99.9999% of individuals who use a stall, bring their case/briefcase/carryon bag, etc. into it, rather than have it out of sight, vulnerable to a thief walking off with it, while you're sitting on the can, with your pants down around your ankles!

I always do. I prop the laptop up against the wall or door and use my carry-on bag to prevent the laptop from rolling onto the pissy floor. There's no way I'm leaving my laptop and carry-on unattended and outside the stall.

389 posted on 08/27/2007 6:33:55 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: traviskicks
If his appeal ever gets to the SCOTUS, he should be able to count on Souter’s vote.
390 posted on 08/27/2007 6:36:18 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Elections have consequences.)
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To: Billthedrill
Had plenty of gay friends, and most of them think public restroom sex is disgusting too.

Oh. ok.

391 posted on 08/27/2007 6:37:24 PM PDT by vox_freedom
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To: taildragger

It sounds to me more like conservatives are outing the ones in their midst who are not voting the way conservatives want. Conservatives blackmail, too. Or so I’ve been told. Sometimes they blackmail folks for so long that the blackmailed lose their fear of being outed. Then they vote the way they have always wanted. But I’m only speaking in theory.

392 posted on 08/27/2007 6:38:15 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: Clintonfatigued

Never thought of Wasden. I’m worried about Simpson.

393 posted on 08/27/2007 6:39:31 PM PDT by Delphinium
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To: AmericanInTokyo
I think the distinction between a Republican and a True Conservative, in this regard, is really on target.

Sounds like he behaved like a Libertarian

394 posted on 08/27/2007 6:40:02 PM PDT by af_vet_1981 (Waiting for Samson)
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To: Dianna
I will never understand why crooks and perverts in the public eye, especially Republicans who ought to know 1/2 the universe is gunning for them, think they will never get caught.

It's a pretty clear indication of their inability to
A) Control their "impulses"
B) Reason out the potential consequences that will follow their actions

Neither of these are positive attributes of someone in a position of power.

395 posted on 08/27/2007 6:40:08 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the weren't really there)
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To: michigander

Worse things have happened to me. For someone action in Idaho GOP, this Larry Craig think is bad.

396 posted on 08/27/2007 6:40:52 PM PDT by Delphinium
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To: Delphinium


397 posted on 08/27/2007 6:42:14 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (A person who does not want the best for America)
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To: michigander

....and I am married to a grouchy finnish upper, michigander.

398 posted on 08/27/2007 6:42:39 PM PDT by Delphinium
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To: Suzy Quzy
A gold ring on Craig’s RIGHT hand is NOT a wedding ring......why did the cop even mention it?

Just maybe it was the Senator's right hand that was reaching under the stall partition towards the police officer. Barf.

399 posted on 08/27/2007 6:43:09 PM PDT by vox_freedom
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To: Responsibility2nd
But I’m drawing a complete blank on who the illustrious FReeper was that broke that story.

I believe it was Buckhead.

400 posted on 08/27/2007 6:44:31 PM PDT by nonliberal (Graduate: Curtis E. LeMay School of International Relations)
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