Monday, August 27, 2007

Sen Craig BUSTED for Lewd Behavior

Someone needs to tell Sen. Larry Craig, (R-ID) that National Coming Out day is in October! It seems the Senator was arrested in an airport restroom for "lewd" behavior. The Senator says it was all a misunderstanding. Right.

Roll Call's web site, the DC newspaper that broke the story, must be overloaded with visitors -- so here is the story from USAToday:

Roll Call is reporting that Sen. Larry Craig, an Idaho Republican, was arrested earlier this summer in a men's room at the Minneapolis airport by an undercover officer investigating complaints about sexual activity. The Capitol Hill newspaper says it obtained the arrest report.

On Aug. 8 Craig pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct. A 10-day sentence was stayed, but he received a year probation and paid more than $500 in fines and fees, Roll Call writes.

[From the police report:]
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.

"What do you think about that?" Is it appropriate to include LOL in a blog post?

[Sgt. Dave] 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 ... “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.
Craig pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge and paid more than $500 in fines. A ten-day jail sentence was stayed, but the Senator received a year probation.

Craig is up for reelection in 2008. Wonder how this is going to go over with voters.

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