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August 27, 2007

Sen. Larry Craig busted in airport sex sting

Posted by David Postman at 2:28 PM

Roll Call has the story.

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.

Roll Call's site is unavailable due to high traffic. The arrest began when Craig entered a bathroom stall adjacent to where the undercover cop was. There was some activity that the cop said was well known to be signals from someone interested in sex in the airport restroom known for such things. Craig says it was a misunderstanding and he did not mean to signal anyone by moving his foot under the stall to touch the foot of the man in the next stall.

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.

Last year the Web site
claimed Craig was a closeted homosexual.

Craig's office told the Spokane Spokesman-Review that the charge was "completely ridiculous," saying that the allegations had "no basis in fact."

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