Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

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
KEYWORDS: 110th; agbill; airport; amnesty; ceepycraig; congress; corruption; craig; disgrace; doyouknowdorothy; fredthompson; govwatch; homeowner; homosexualagenda; homosexuals; idaho; immigration; inthetoilet; larrycraig; lewdlarry; lewdness; minneapolis; mittromney; perversion; pervert; perverts; republican; ronpaul; taptaptap; toetapping; ussenate; widestance
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-20 ... 41-6061-8081-100 ... 601-613 next last
To: Responsibility2nd

If you want to know who Larry Craig is, just search Larry Craig and 2nd Amendment..........there should be loads to look at.

61 posted on 08/27/2007 2:36:05 PM PDT by Pistolshot (Every woman, who can, should learn to shoot, and carry a gun.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 59 | View Replies]

To: donna

“Thanks dad.”

No kidding. Sucks to be a Craig today.

62 posted on 08/27/2007 2:36:06 PM PDT by DesScorp
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 54 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd

Seems homos target ALL US airports for there sick hook-ups.”

Good grief. I didn’t know that. Now I do. Guess I’ll be in and out that much quicker now.

63 posted on 08/27/2007 2:37:02 PM PDT by ConservativeDude
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 59 | View Replies]

To: Shermy
In a little trouble there Senator? Maybe your OBL friends can help bail you out, don't come looking for conservatives.

Free Image Hosting at

64 posted on 08/27/2007 2:37:09 PM PDT by Plutarch
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: All

Resource Link:;o=time;s=Larry%20Craig

65 posted on 08/27/2007 2:37:17 PM PDT by Cindy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Shermy

Reminds me of:

66 posted on 08/27/2007 2:37:28 PM PDT by traviskicks (
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MEGoody
Your statement points out another inconsistency which doesn't pass the "smell" test. Here is another:

  1. The arrest allegedly took place on June 11.
  2. The court date was on August 8th.
  3. Why is it only being reported now?

67 posted on 08/27/2007 2:37:42 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

To: DesScorp

Not a real good choice of verbs there.

68 posted on 08/27/2007 2:55:06 PM PDT by Bainbridge
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 62 | View Replies]

To: Admin Moderator

So why is this thread back up?

Count me as a doubter. If this is unsubstantiated rumor, then you were right to pull this!

69 posted on 08/27/2007 2:55:42 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 67 | View Replies]

To: DesScorp

This is like the ex-mayor of Spokane who tried to hook up with a homosexual and got busted by the Spkesman Review.

Or that GOP consultant in Florida that was killed in a house with three other people, he was supposeldy a homosexual too.

Why are there so many homosexuals in the GOP, especially ones that are (supposedly) conservative?!


70 posted on 08/27/2007 2:56:34 PM PDT by Sir_Ed
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Shermy

If only Idaho would pass the “Gay Sex With Strangers In Public Restrooms Law” and stop all this harrassment!

71 posted on 08/27/2007 2:57:13 PM PDT by Williams
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: lmc12

Craig is a goner... He will not be re-elected.

72 posted on 08/27/2007 2:57:27 PM PDT by tennmountainman
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: snarks_when_bored

You know you were wrong!!!!


73 posted on 08/27/2007 2:58:16 PM PDT by Leofl (I'm from Texas, we don't dial 9-11)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 43 | View Replies]

To: Shermy

I never heard of him. Is he married or single? I didn’t know about any of this foot tapping and finger running along the stall divider stuff. Never heard of any of this. And I live near a big city, Houston, and we moved here from Los Angeles Calif. This is just plain creepy. And just another reason I took my sons into the ladies restroom when they were young!

74 posted on 08/27/2007 2:58:22 PM PDT by buffyt (FREE RAMOS & CAMPEAN! NOW!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ConservativeDude
By the way, why was he in a Minnesota airport? Is that a changeover on the way to Idaho?


75 posted on 08/27/2007 2:58:27 PM PDT by xjcsa (Hillary Clinton is nothing more than Karl Marx with huge calves.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 46 | View Replies]

To: DesScorp
Good....lets purge these bastards. Get ‘em all out of the GOP.

Amoral scumbags who dishonor their marriage vows? The GOP is about to nominate one for president.

76 posted on 08/27/2007 2:58:48 PM PDT by madprof98 ("moritur et ridet" - salvianus)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Shermy
What the hell is in that Kool-Aid these Reps are drinking?
77 posted on 08/27/2007 2:59:24 PM PDT by tobyhill (The media lies so much the truth is the exception)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: traditional1
If I recall correctly, and I think I do, he deserted us on Immigration also.

Idaho should purge him.

78 posted on 08/27/2007 2:59:35 PM PDT by CT
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: ConservativeDude
By the way, why was he in a Minnesota airport?

I don't know, but aren't the Pubbies having their '08 convention in the Twin Cities...?

79 posted on 08/27/2007 3:00:04 PM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 46 | View Replies]

To: Shermy

The AG resigns and then this come out...

Is there a quid-pro-quo going on here?

Is Schumer's grubby little hand all over this one?

Or any of the other Buffoon's on the Democratic side of the Isle have there hands in this one?

80 posted on 08/27/2007 3:00:06 PM PDT by taildragger
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-20 ... 41-6061-8081-100 ... 601-613 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794 is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson