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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: Snardius

Barney Frank admits he is gay. THAT is the difference.


401 posted on 08/27/2007 6:44:31 PM PDT by Democratshavenobrains
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

I give up:) I am missing something tonight:)


402 posted on 08/27/2007 6:45:08 PM PDT by Delphinium
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To: Delphinium

Mike Simpson had already announced that he woudln’t run in 2008, citing his seniority in the House and the powerful Appropriations Committee.


403 posted on 08/27/2007 6:46:30 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Illegal aliens commit crimes that Americans won't commit)
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To: Delphinium

See, a lirrle typo isn’t so bad, is it? :-D


404 posted on 08/27/2007 6:47:07 PM PDT by michigander (The Constitution only guarantees the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.)
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To: LadyBuzz
reply to #3

Perhaps Craig and Chris M. have spent some 'quality' time together
405 posted on 08/27/2007 6:51:36 PM PDT by Fred (Democrat Party - "The Nadir of Nihilism")
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To: codercpc

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.


406 posted on 08/27/2007 6:56:21 PM PDT by Democratshavenobrains
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To: Delphinium
I doubt if Butch would appoint Risch even though he has been planning to run if Craig doesn't.

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...

407 posted on 08/27/2007 6:58:13 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Delphinium

Enjoying a colortini tonight ? ;-)


408 posted on 08/27/2007 6:58:47 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
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To: everyone

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.


409 posted on 08/27/2007 7:01:53 PM PDT by Marie2 (I used to be disgusted. . .now I try to be amused.)
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To: Democratshavenobrains

410 posted on 08/27/2007 7:05:24 PM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood (LET'S ROLL!)
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To: Delphinium

By the way, I am 50% Finnish myself (my father was from extreme northern Minnesota).


411 posted on 08/27/2007 7:06:20 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (A person who does not want the best for America)
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To: ScreamingFist

“What kind of sex can one get in a crowded public restroom by reaching under a stall wall?”

It’s an empirical question...


412 posted on 08/27/2007 7:11:38 PM PDT by Kahonek
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To: VirginiaConstitutionalist

Determining intent is like mind reading. It may be right but there is no way to prove its existence beyond the accuser.


413 posted on 08/27/2007 7:14:00 PM PDT by shrinkermd
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood

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.


414 posted on 08/27/2007 7:18:12 PM PDT by Democratshavenobrains
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To: Democratshavenobrains
Senator Craig withdraws from Romney campaign role ^


To: aMorePerfectUnion

He’s 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!)

415 posted on 08/27/2007 7:23:20 PM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood (LET'S ROLL!)
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To: donna
They have three children: two sons, Mike and Jay, a daughter...

He adopted his wife's children.

Just sayin'.

416 posted on 08/27/2007 7:27:35 PM PDT by Lurking in Kansas (Nothing witty here...)
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To: soycd

he is guilty because he plead guilty


417 posted on 08/27/2007 7:29:13 PM PDT by bigjackattack
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Well if you believe he is not guilty than why did he plead guilty? That just does not make sense.


418 posted on 08/27/2007 7:33:52 PM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: Sir_Ed

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.


419 posted on 08/27/2007 7:40:21 PM PDT by WOSG ( Don't tell me what you are against, tell me what you are FOR.)
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To: Clemenza
EXCLUSIVE!!! Just released VIDEO of the Larry Craig bathroom scene!
420 posted on 08/27/2007 7:41:04 PM PDT by PJ-Comix (Join the DUmmie FUnnies PING List for the FUNNIEST Blog on the Web)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Enjoying a colortini tonight ? ;-)

I promise I haven't had any yet:)
421 posted on 08/27/2007 7:44:20 PM PDT by Delphinium
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To: Shermy
Craig stated “that he has a wide stance when going to the bathroom...

That's about the lamest excuse I've ever heard!

422 posted on 08/27/2007 7:48:11 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (I am 11 days away from outliving Marvin Gaye)
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla
My husband is 1/2 Finn,from Upper Michigan and 1/2 French Canadian.

I like Finns but they are pretty grouchy.

Do you eat pasties?
423 posted on 08/27/2007 7:49:44 PM PDT by Delphinium
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To: cripplecreek

“Obviously you haven’t been paying attention. The last thing the GOP (or you apparently) want are conservatives. Craig is one more open borders moderate and right up the current GOP alley.”

Maybe you havent paid attention. Aside from immigration, his record is quite conservative.


424 posted on 08/27/2007 7:56:24 PM PDT by WOSG ( Don't tell me what you are against, tell me what you are FOR.)
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To: Galena Nevada

was he dissapointed?


425 posted on 08/27/2007 7:57:20 PM PDT by bigjackattack
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To: PJ-Comix

LOL.

Find a happy place, find a happy place...


426 posted on 08/27/2007 7:58:17 PM PDT by kenth
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To: Delphinium

My family lived in the NYC area, and my half-Irish, half Jewish mother did not do pasties. I am under the impression that Finns are stolid and stubborn, as opposed to grouchy!


427 posted on 08/27/2007 7:59:20 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (A person who does not want the best for America)
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To: Galena Nevada

“Are you speculating that Romney knew about Craig’s predelictions?”

No, its just a free guilt-by-association bash of Romney.


428 posted on 08/27/2007 8:01:20 PM PDT by WOSG ( Don't tell me what you are against, tell me what you are FOR.)
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To: tobyhill
What the hell is in that Kool-Aid these Reps are drinking?

No Kool-Aid. This crap has been going on for ages. Just more "oversight" now.

429 posted on 08/27/2007 8:01:25 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Elections have consequences.)
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To: Marie2

“No one has ever gotten into my stall space in a women’s bathroom.”

Tap your foot and see what happens.


430 posted on 08/27/2007 8:05:01 PM PDT by toldyou
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To: Kuksool

“There has been talk of Craig retiring beofre the incident. Lt. Gov. Jim Risch (R) wants to be Senator.”

I’m glad to hear they are not short on replacements.
If we don’t clean our own House (and Senate) the Democrats will do it for us.

Time for Senator Craig to decide that he needs more time fly fishing and visiting grandkids.


431 posted on 08/27/2007 8:06:12 PM PDT by WOSG ( Don't tell me what you are against, tell me what you are FOR.)
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To: elizabetty

Or you jump to conclusions. ...nah, THAT can’t be it.

BTW, I ask the mod to remove my post. Since FreeRepublic was making news for this thread, I didn’t want the very first post to be about Craig’s support of Romney. Somehow I didn’t think it would be “fair.”

Now, I’m having second thoughts. I should have left it just to see you MittBots squirm.


432 posted on 08/27/2007 8:19:43 PM PDT by colorcountry (Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. --Voltaire)
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla
stolid and stubborn

He that too, and grouchy.
433 posted on 08/27/2007 8:28:05 PM PDT by Delphinium
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To: Delphinium

Romney campaign removes Craig video

At least one Republican presidential campaign was affected by Monday’s report that a senator had been arrested for allegedly “lewd” conduct in a men’s bathroom.

“Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) — who has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in connection with an incident where he allegedly solicited a plainclothes police officer in a men’s restroom — is one of Mitt Romney’s top backers in the Senate,” Jonathan Martin writes at Politico. “A clip of Craig praising Romney was until just moments ago available on Romney’s YouTube channel, but is now listed as ‘a private video.”’

The video was later removed from the Internet by the Romney campaign.

http://rawstory.com//news/2007/GOP_Senator_Larry_Craig_arrested_in_0827.html


434 posted on 08/27/2007 8:29:13 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (States' rights don't trump God-given, unalienable rights...support the Reagan pro-life platform)
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To: WOSG

I think maybe he should stick to the fly-fishing, I don’t know if he needs to be around kids.


435 posted on 08/27/2007 8:34:16 PM PDT by Natchez Hawk (What's so funny about the first, second, and fourth Amendments?)
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To: EternalVigilance

Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho): “The closed primary would be the worst thing for the Idaho GOP”


436 posted on 08/27/2007 8:35:53 PM PDT by Delphinium
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To: gondramB

The GOP has been busy convincing the electorate that they are every bit as debauched and corrupt as their competition.


437 posted on 08/27/2007 8:41:44 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Elections have consequences.)
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To: Shermy

Stories like these make me wonder if Alex Jones is not as crazy as one would think.


438 posted on 08/27/2007 8:42:36 PM PDT by Dumb_Ox (http://kevinjjones.blogspot.com)
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To: Natchez Hawk
I think maybe he should stick to the fly-fishing,

Sounds like what he was doing!
439 posted on 08/27/2007 8:43:11 PM PDT by Rastus
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To: Shermy

Ok, The GOP really needs to start cleaning house and getting rid of all these closet gays masquerading as true-blue conservatives.

We shouldn’t treat this like a catholic church presbyterium, we need to kick these wierdos about before they even get elected.


440 posted on 08/27/2007 8:43:29 PM PDT by Tears of a Clown
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To: RatsDawg
It says on Wikipedia that his kids are all adopted, they are all his wifes kids.

Hope the kids are OK.

441 posted on 08/27/2007 8:43:46 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Elections have consequences.)
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To: Shermy
In October 2006, Craig’s office publicly denied allegations that he was a homosexual made on a gay activist Web site

Do you think after the "gay activists" drum out all of the gays out of the House and Senate, that they will complain that there aren't enough gays in the House and the Senate?

442 posted on 08/27/2007 8:44:41 PM PDT by Mannaggia l'America
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To: Tears of a Clown
The GOP really needs to start cleaning house and getting rid of all these closet gays masquerading as true-blue conservatives

Absolutely. And Larry Craig needs to resign now! It makes me mad that he has probably been doing this perversion all along.
443 posted on 08/27/2007 8:46:48 PM PDT by Delphinium
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To: river rat
One doesn't find "love" or "affection" in a toilet with strangers taking a crap.

But they might find the meat puppy they seek. Flesh over spirituality.

444 posted on 08/27/2007 8:47:33 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Elections have consequences.)
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To: Rastus

You are right sir, I stand corrected.


445 posted on 08/27/2007 8:49:31 PM PDT by Natchez Hawk (What's so funny about the first, second, and fourth Amendments?)
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To: HIDEK6
“I notice that the political party Craig belongs to is identified in the fourth word of the story.”

That was the first thing I thought of/noticed too. Even on Fox News this afternoon, they mentioned the party within a minute or so. Whole lot different if it were a Dim.

446 posted on 08/27/2007 8:53:11 PM PDT by Humal
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To: Dumb_Ox

“Stories like these make me wonder if Alex Jones is not as crazy as one would think.”

Um (gives it a second thought) .... No, he’s still crazy.


447 posted on 08/27/2007 8:53:15 PM PDT by WOSG ( Don't tell me what you are against, tell me what you are FOR.)
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To: Clemenza

Man,Billy Squier?.I thought his tastes might run toward,oh,Queen or something.


448 posted on 08/27/2007 8:56:42 PM PDT by Riverman94610
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To: Rastus; Natchez Hawk

“I think maybe he should stick to the fly-fishing,”

“Sounds like what he was doing!”

LOL. I heard that he liked to handle a rod, maybe I just misunderstood something. :-)


449 posted on 08/27/2007 8:57:07 PM PDT by WOSG ( Don't tell me what you are against, tell me what you are FOR.)
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To: Shermy

Craig’s career is in the toilet.


450 posted on 08/27/2007 9:00:41 PM PDT by Palladin (Satan to Fidel: "Let me light your cigar.")
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