Skip to comments.Craig Arrested, Pleads Guilty Following Incident in Airport Restroom
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 mens public restroom, according to an arrest report obtained by Roll Call Monday afternoon.
Craigs 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 mens public restroom in which Craig was arrested.
Airport police previously had made numerous arrests in the mens 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 Karsnias 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 didnt want to make a scene. Craig then left the restroom.
In a recorded interview after his arrest, Craig either disagreed with me or didnt 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, Craigs office publicly denied allegations that he was a homosexual made on a gay activist Web site blogactive.com. Craigs 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.
Barney Frank admits he is gay. THAT is the difference.
I give up:) I am missing something tonight:)
Mike Simpson had already announced that he woudln’t run in 2008, citing his seniority in the House and the powerful Appropriations Committee.
See, a lirrle typo isn’t so bad, is it? :-D
Exactly. Giuliani at least doesn’t act like he is Mr. Godly. He is a normal guy who divorces his wife if their marriage sucks. Sometimes they can’t all be fixed.
I just don't know. From the party's point of view it's easier to elect even a short-term incumbent than a new guy. And appointing Risch Senator means he won't be running for Governor. But we'll see what the folks
at Simplot uh, in Boise, have to say.
Maybe he'll appoint me. It'd be tough to live up to, say, the intellectual brilliance of a Patty Murray or the high-minded incorruptibility of a Harry Reid, but I'd be glad to give it a shot. I could see me at a conference table with Ahmadinejad, look the boy in the eye and say "Yo, Abdul, you think you're crazy? Look into my eyes, Babaloo..."
I think I'll drop Butch a note right now...
Enjoying a colortini tonight ? ;-)
Have any male FReepers had similar experiences in public bathrooms? The guy next door tapping his foot, reaching his hand under the stall, standing for a long time in front of your door?
How common is this?
No one has ever gotten into my stall space in a women’s bathroom.
By the way, I am 50% Finnish myself (my father was from extreme northern Minnesota).
“What kind of sex can one get in a crowded public restroom by reaching under a stall wall?”
It’s an empirical question...
Determining intent is like mind reading. It may be right but there is no way to prove its existence beyond the accuser.
NEWS FLASH: Gay people vote too
If there were as many gay people in Duncan Hunter’s district as there are in New York City, even he would be dressing up like Barbara Streissand.
Hes perfect for the Giuliani campaign.
66 posted on 08/27/2007 7:13:17 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Our God-given unalienable rights are not open to debate, negotiation or compromise!)
He adopted his wife's children.
he is guilty because he plead guilty
Well if you believe he is not guilty than why did he plead guilty? That just does not make sense.
Ed, there are many many many gay activists running major parts of Washington, embedded in the Democrat party and related special interest groups. It is not news because it is part of how things are. They wont get fired for getting outed. OTOH, of 5,000 elected GOP officials there are a handful of these kinds of stories.
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