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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: Bainbridge

“Foley sent packing”


561 posted on 08/28/2007 2:40:23 PM PDT by Combat Override Button
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To: Riverman94610
Ian Tyson?Was he at one time a part of the folk duo,Ian and Sylvia?

Yes, sir, he was. He now owns a ranch and is a working cowboy and a cowboy singer.

Groups like the Young Rascals,The Buckinghams or Gary Lewis and the Playboys would NEVER get a recording contract today

It's really sad but true. I was listening to the Skyliners' "Since I Don't Have You" the other night and really regretting that that isn't how mainstream music sounds today. It was magical, sweet and innocent. What passes for R&B or soul nowadays usually has a terrible, manufactured beat, a sample from another song, and a singer singing about "gotta get you naked, girl" or something like that. And, instead of a pure voice, we have to put up with all of those runs and vocal gymnastics.
562 posted on 08/28/2007 2:43:46 PM PDT by Rastus
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To: Rastus

The Lovin’Sound from 1967 is one of my all time favorite songs.Glad to hear Tyson is still in the business.
You and I share the same musical sensibilty because The Skyliners with Jimmie Beaumont are on top of my list.This I Swear and Pennies from Heaven are songs I never get tired of along with Since I Don’t Have You.
I was a huge soul music fan back in the day.Rand B is what they called it but today it has no rhythm and no blues.Cookie cutter crap with no creativity.
And,as controversial as this might sound,to me the decline of black music has a lot to do with the decline of education as a priority for most black youth.There will never be any more Smokey Robinsons ,Otis Reddings or Lamont Doziers out there.Today’s writers and singers take no time to learn their craft and give their listeners credit for being intelligent.

563 posted on 08/28/2007 3:08:08 PM PDT by Riverman94610
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To: Dems_R_Losers
I’ll bet Craig never even considered the possibility that his sexual perversion could be used against Mitt Romney.

I think he just didn't believe he was going to get busted, as this article seems to suggest: From Editor and Publisher

How Did News Outlets Miss Senator's Arrest for Nearly Three Months?

It seems to me there was enough smoke out there to alert the Romney camp to the possibility of fire.

564 posted on 08/28/2007 3:19:52 PM PDT by greyfoxx39 (I think all legal Americans should get 5 votes apiece to make up for the "new" voters.)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

I agree with your assessment. Could be a cop trying to justify his looitering in the john with some forced “results”. Craig should have never plead guilty. Based on what we have heard there’s no way he would have been convicted of squat (pardon the pun).

565 posted on 08/28/2007 5:10:42 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: Joan Kerrey
for at least two minutes of peering through the crack in the door. I guess everyone does that. Tapping foot in next stall, reaching into the space of the adjoining stall.

So what?

It would also be interesting to find out if that restroom was the most convenient to where his flights were. I’ll bet the restroom was not.

Based on what evidence?

I’d say his behavior certainly appeared that he was cruising for sex.

Perhaps you understand "cruising for sex" better than me (which is certainly possible) but I see nothing obvious here based on what we have been told. You think anyone would convict a man because he tapped his feet and spread his feet in the bathroom?

It could be we just have a cop trying to justify his loitering in the can with a "catch". Or could be Craig is gay and was caught cruising. Dunno. But I give the benefit of the doubt to Craig absent better evidence than this.

566 posted on 08/28/2007 5:22:53 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: jamese777
However, with a good lawyer I would think he could easily get out of this.

Even if he beats this particular charge, the real question is whether or not he should resign. Unless he has a much better explanation of that guilty plea than he has given so far, the answer is yes.

In order to stay in the closet and in power, he repeatedly lied to the public about his sexuality, thereby making himself a target for blackmail. How many of his votes were coerced?

Even if he is entirely innocent, after that guilty plea he will never regain the public trust.

He should leave office ASAP.

567 posted on 08/28/2007 5:23:07 PM PDT by TChad
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To: Combat Override Button

and what is your friggen point that you don’t understand? This man making a “principled” decision is a fraud to his family at the very least. This is a leader who sends our son’s to war. He just gave more propaganda to the surrender’s of this country, and have emboldened our enemy once again. The muslims think we are a nation of perverts, and with stuff like this, it is hard to disagree. With my son in harm’s way, this disgusts me.

568 posted on 08/28/2007 5:48:55 PM PDT by lookout88 (proud special forces dad.)
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To: Combat Override Button

Right, politics is a dirty game. I live in Washington. I am neighbors, fellow church goers and school parents with many senators, congressmen, etc.
I believe this story is true and if we do not deal with it correctly it will hurt our side.

569 posted on 08/28/2007 6:05:54 PM PDT by Bainbridge
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To: Bainbridge
Hey, there is more evidence that Craig is as gay as a $3 bill. The local paper in Boise says they had, but kept, a story going back to 1967 from his college days. They also have another episode from a bathroom in DC.

This guy is toast, and needs to step down. NOW!

570 posted on 08/28/2007 6:47:19 PM PDT by CT
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To: cspackler
You are exactly right. This is ridiculous. Have any of the accusers on here read the police report? The charge was misdemeanor - for peeping and for disorderly conduct! How do we know this policeman is non-gay? Am sure Sen. Craig has been one of Hillary's targets. I am sure the Clinton crime machine has operatives in police departments....esp if they are gay. This is not conspiracy, this is pure tee Clinton tactics to take them down one by one. The ATtorney General yesterday, Sen. Craig today. They will not stop.

I just cannot understand the FAST RUSH TO JUDGEMENT by people who surely know not to listen to the MSM for ANY accurate information, esp when it comes to "judgements" on Republicans, esp on Republican Senators. Don't you people slamming Sen. Craig realize the Demarxists just want to get them ALL out of power?????

This is, once again, ridiculous. Much ado about NOTHING.

I don't care if there have been "rumors" about Sen. Craig. You know what? Rumors are just that - rumors. I can start a rumor that Hillary Clinton had Vince Foster killed.....but I would be called a kook. Yet there is much more evidence of THAT "rumor" than there is that Sen. Craig did anything criminal or unseemly or lewd.

571 posted on 08/28/2007 7:22:01 PM PDT by Freedom'sWorthIt
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To: Shermy
Here is a salient piece of information from another article:

"Karsnia wrote that when the person occupying the stall beside him left, Craig entered it and blocked the door with his rolling suitcase."

Why is this important? Well it indicates the reason why he was standing outside that stall for 2 minutes. He was simply waiting for one to become unoccupied. Now we don't have all the information on exactly how stalls were there and how many were occupied etc. Doesn't matter. For whatever reason Craig was waiting for a stall to empty and then claimed it.

I also have no idea why the cop adds "blocked the door with his rolling suitcase". Why is this material? If I'm traveling I bring my carryon into a stall. I certainly don't leave it outside. So this piece of information is irrelevant and appears to be included as if to imply something nefarious was going on. The way that statement is worded makes it seems as if the officer is stretching to exaggerate his case.

572 posted on 08/28/2007 7:42:45 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: lookout88
Sorry, I just don’t understand why Craig being a perv has anything to do with his vote on Iraq. I don’t see how this undermines his vote. I honestly don’t see how this allows you extra disgust because your son is in Iraq. No matter though... feel free to be extra disgusted.
573 posted on 08/28/2007 10:11:56 PM PDT by Combat Override Button
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To: fishtank

I had no idea that homos had their own “language” to solicit sex in this way. EW!

574 posted on 08/28/2007 11:35:15 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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Yeah, blame the media for bringing shame on the GOP. Not a hypocritical bigot liar of a senator.

575 posted on 08/29/2007 3:00:25 AM PDT by LagunaSlick
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To: Shermy
Whether he's guilty or not, this would have been a real easy frame up if the Dems wanted to take a Republican Senator out, or vice versa for that matter.

Here's how it would work:

Step 1. Organize a rumor campaign to give him a history of gayness. This is necessary to sell the frame up.

Step 2. Wait until your target is in a city where operatives sympathetic to your agenda will slap the cuffs on him. There is no other witness or evidence needed except the word of the cop which makes this crime unique as the most exploitable crime for a frame up.

Step 3. The senator has no way of proving himself innocent. It's his word against the cop's word with the whisper campaign predicate making it impossible for him to prevail so he pleads guilty to get it over with instead of dragging it out in court where it will be in the news every day for months. Whichever way the senator proceeds, the sting will have served its purpose.

I could easily see a conspiracy of D'rats going to these lengths to destroy a conservative but I'm not ready to believe that this was such an instance.

After Bush's term is up he better be careful not to be alone in a room with a liberal cop or that cop could slap the cuffs on him and say Bush asked him to sell him some cocaine. They had the rumor mills working overtime to create that history for Bush so the media would say "well, it's not like we didn't know he was a cocaine user so this is no surprise".

576 posted on 08/29/2007 4:19:20 AM PDT by Perchant
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To: plain talk

You think anyone would convict a man because he tapped his feet and spread his feet in the bathroom?

So touching the shoe of the neighboring occupant is perfectly okay? Hand waving under the stall is normal behavior? Peering through the crack in the door for two minutes is perfectly acceptable? If after reading the police report one doesn’t conclude at least bad behavior then I guess the standards have changed over the years.
Personally I think most men would be at least ill at ease being the target of that behavior.

Also I don’t think Craig leads a gay lifestyle. He’s probably a closet case and his only outlet is cruising toilets. As I understand it this is often the case with closeted individuals who will not or can not come to terms with their sexuality. They lead perfectly normal lives except for cruising toilets and porn shop booths.

One of Craig’s favorite haunts I understand also includes Grand Central Station. Wait a bit...more to come I’m sure.

577 posted on 08/29/2007 7:04:13 AM PDT by Joan Kerrey (Believe nothing of what you hear or read and half of what you see.)
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To: Freedom'sWorthIt

We’ll see, won’t we.

578 posted on 08/29/2007 7:33:07 AM PDT by Bainbridge
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To: plain talk
"You think anyone would convict anyone because he tapped his feet and spread his feet in the bathroom?

No. So why did he admit any guilt? Where there's smoke there is fire, PT.


579 posted on 08/29/2007 7:52:16 AM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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To: greyfoxx39
Interesting, Craig and Romney!
It is ironic that in the Idaho/Utah area they are known as wearing funny underware.
580 posted on 08/29/2007 11:07:21 AM PDT by Idahowonder
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