What does the undercover officer allege happened?

August 28, 2007 

U.S. Sen. Larry Craig pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct this month after his arrest in a Minneapolis airport men's room by an undercover officer who said Craig was sending signals that he wanted to have sex.

Craig said his actions were misconstrued by police and that he should not have pleaded guilty to the charges.

"At the time of this incident, I complained to the police that they were misconstruing my actions," Craig said in a release. "I was not involved in any inappropriate conduct. I should have had the advice of counsel in resolving this matter. In hindsight, I should not have pled guilty.."

Craig was detained for about 45 minutes, interviewed, photographed, fingerprinted and released. Police then prepared a complaint for interference with privacy and disorderly conduct. According to the report obtained by Roll Call:

Sgt. Dave Karsnia was investigating complaints regarding sexual activity in the men's room where Craig was arrested. Airport police had made "numerous arrests" there in connection with sexual activity. Karsnia entered the restroom at noon on June 11. A few minutes after taking a seat in a stall, Karsnia said he saw a man who turned out to be Craig lingering outside the stall.

"I could see Craig look through the crack in the door from his position," Karsnia wrote. Craig then took the stall next to Karsnia, placing his roller bag against the front of the stall door.

"My experience has showed that individuals engaging in lewd conduct use their bags to block the view from the front of their stall," Karsnia wrote.

Karsnia continued: "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."

Craig then swiped his hand under the stall divider toward Karsnia, wrote the officer. Karsnia then held his police identification down by the floor so 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," according to the police report.

Craig told police he had a wide stance when going to the bathroom and that he was reaching down to pick up a piece of paper, the report says. "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," wrote the officer.

At one point, police documents said, Craig handed Karsnia his business card identifying him as a U.S. Senator and said, "What do you think of that?"

Source: Roll Call

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