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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: snarks_when_bored
What is it about this whole sex thing that you don't understand, Senator Craig?

He apparently has a roles and missions problem.

461 posted on 08/27/2007 9:39:27 PM PDT by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: Palladin

“Craig’s career is in the toilet.”

He cant tapdance around this one and he cant stall for time.

462 posted on 08/27/2007 9:40:36 PM PDT by WOSG ( Don't tell me what you are against, tell me what you are FOR.)
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma
I’ve always wondered how two homos find each other.

By sniffing each others' butts?

463 posted on 08/27/2007 9:44:00 PM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: snarks_when_bored

I’ll be sending you a bill for treatment for increasing my blood pressure over healthy limits.

464 posted on 08/27/2007 9:44:41 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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He cant tapdance around this one and he cant stall for time.

Is this a series tissue for you?

465 posted on 08/27/2007 9:46:19 PM PDT by Chena
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To: wideminded
One would think that a gay U.S. Senator would have enough social contacts to find more discreet ways of satisfying his sexual desires. Why risk public humiliation from arrest in a public restroom, especially when these arrests happen all the time and it is already rumored that he engages in this activity?

For the thrill of the possibility of being caught? Maybe not by the Police though.

466 posted on 08/27/2007 9:55:14 PM PDT by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: CommerceComet
I was told in the mid-1980s by a bigwig in the Idaho Republican Party that Larry Craig had a problem in "that" area. Time for Craig to retire. Fortunately, there are lots of potential candidates who can beat Larry LaRocco and keep the seat R.

THIS right here is what ticks me off more than anything! They all know who the perverts are. They all know the potential for this coming back to haunt us.

They do nothing.

467 posted on 08/27/2007 9:56:45 PM PDT by Dianna
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To: Rastus

Man,I’m sixty years old and my tastes now lean toward The Lettermen and The Beachboys.

468 posted on 08/27/2007 9:57:39 PM PDT by Riverman94610
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To: lmc12

And thus he will face a primary challenge if he runs, and the victor of that challenge (which won’t be Craig) will become the next US Senator from Idaho.

The mere fact you’re from a one-party state does not give you license to do whatever you want.

469 posted on 08/27/2007 10:00:28 PM PDT by Pencil
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To: ScreamingFist
What kind of sex can one get in a crowded public restroom by reaching under a stall wall?

I don't know, but I fear that this question will now give me nightmares.

470 posted on 08/27/2007 10:00:36 PM PDT by SIDENET (More fun than a beer left in the freezer.)
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To: Shermy

This guy’s a Godless queer. He belongs in the DEMOCRAT party with all the other immoralists!

He’s just as dirty as Jim McGreevy

471 posted on 08/27/2007 10:12:38 PM PDT by Walt Starr (Conservative and Proud!)
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To: Shermy

“His open borders snobbery and dismissiveness on the issue was outrageous.”

Did you get one of those form letters, too?

472 posted on 08/27/2007 10:19:55 PM PDT by dsc (There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men. Edmund Burke)
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To: Palladin; WOSG
Craig's career is in the toilet.

He can't tapdance around this one and he can't stall for time.

You guys are just too funny! LOL

473 posted on 08/27/2007 10:26:48 PM PDT by vox humana
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To: Dilbert San Diego

In all fairness, McGreevey resigned.

474 posted on 08/27/2007 10:29:29 PM PDT by Pencil
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To: Kahonek
“What kind of sex can one get in a crowded public restroom by reaching under a stall wall?”

Didn't you pay attention in sex ed class? LOL

Craig's actions were only the solicitation for a possible sexual encounter. If Craig had received a positive response to his signals, he would have moved into the other guy's stall for gay sex.

475 posted on 08/27/2007 10:40:19 PM PDT by vox humana
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To: Responsibility2nd
I’m drawing a complete blank on who the illustrious FReeper was that broke that story

TankerKC, then Buckhead.

476 posted on 08/27/2007 10:41:37 PM PDT by TChad
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To: DesScorp

I agree, this is another disgrace to the Republican party!

477 posted on 08/27/2007 10:42:15 PM PDT by Pro-Bush (hater)
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To: Shermy

Cut out the cancer! Clean out the party!

478 posted on 08/27/2007 10:48:54 PM PDT by PureSolace (God save us all)
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To: michigander
Barnes and Noble book stores, Home Depot stores

That's too bad. Two of the few places with decent bathrooms.

479 posted on 08/27/2007 10:49:38 PM PDT by wideminded
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To: Riverman94610

I’m 34 and I like them as well. I spend most of my radio time listening to a “legends” station that plays things like Dean Martin, Sinatra, and the Four Freshman. I do still listen to Billy Squier and stuff like that, though.

480 posted on 08/27/2007 11:11:11 PM PDT by Rastus
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