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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: 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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To: Riverman94610

Billy Squier did do a song or two with Queen. That video is painful to watch, but the song is great.


451 posted on 08/27/2007 9:00:48 PM PDT by Rastus
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To: af_vet_rr; cripplecreek

“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.”

A Demcorat is glad he’s caught and wants to find the next indiscreet chump GOP public official to tear down.

And a liberal gay activist wants to get his cell number.


452 posted on 08/27/2007 9:00:52 PM PDT by WOSG ( Don't tell me what you are against, tell me what you are FOR.)
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To: Delphinium
Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho): “The closed primary would be the worst thing for the Idaho GOP”

That figures. No sense in letting registered Republicans choose their own candidates. The Democrats choose their own and skew the vote on the Republican choice to favor a weak Republican opponent.

453 posted on 08/27/2007 9:03:03 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Enjoying a colortini tonight ? ;-)

Thanks for the Tom Snyder reference! RIP, Tom!

454 posted on 08/27/2007 9:06:57 PM PDT by JennysCool ("The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule." -Mencken)
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To: Vigilanteman
If he really was trying to engage in perverted gay behavior in a crowded public restroom in an airport, then he is too stupid to ever have been elected U.S. Senator from one of the most conservative states in the nation.

Perversion destroys your ability to reason just as surely as drugs do...but that doesn't mean he did it, and I don't see them getting a jury conviction on this evidence.

455 posted on 08/27/2007 9:22:13 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (Libs obviously donít believe pro-lifers are terrorists, or they'd placate us by banning abortion.)
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To: Shermy
Maybe Sen. Craig was having an Austin Powers moment (Video clip) in the next stall. :)

Austin Powers: Who does Number Two work for? Who does Number Two work for?

Cowboy: Yeah, that's it! You show that turd who's boss.

456 posted on 08/27/2007 9:27:24 PM PDT by anymouse
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To: gondramB
Is this a U.S. Senator?

Oh yea. He's also on the board of directors of the NRA. That makes it much worse. We sort of expect such behavior of Congress Critters.

457 posted on 08/27/2007 9:31:29 PM PDT by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: Natchez Hawk
He obviously hasnt heard cops are cracking down nationwide this summer in airport restroom stalls

ZIP IT OR TICKET!

458 posted on 08/27/2007 9:32:11 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: Mr. Silverback

” ... but that doesn’t mean he did it, and I don’t see them getting a jury conviction on this evidence.”

I’m with you on that. The idea that a person can get charged with a crime for tapping their feet and hanging around a bathroom too long is absurd.


459 posted on 08/27/2007 9:34:48 PM PDT by WOSG ( Don't tell me what you are against, tell me what you are FOR.)
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To: Myrddin

I guess Brokeback Mountain is farther west than I thought!


460 posted on 08/27/2007 9:37:48 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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