LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – A Republican Senator has confirmed that he pleaded guilty earlier this month to a charge of disorderly conduct after he was arrested at an airport in the United States, ABC reports.
Senator Larry Craig of Idaho was arrested in June by a plain-clothes police officer investigating complaints of lewd conduct in the men’s public toilet at the Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport, the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call reports.
The police report said Craig entered a bathroom stall next to the investigator, placed his bag against the front of the door and tapped his foot – a signal commonly used to try to pick up men in public toilets.
The investigator said he recognised this as “a signal used by persons wishing to engage in lewd conduct,” the newspaper reported.
In a carefully worded statement, Craig made no mention of the incident that prompted his arrest or the charges brought against him.
“At the time of this incident, I complained to the police that they were misconstruing my actions. I was not involved in any inappropriate conduct,” he said in a statement.
“I should have had the advice of counsel in resolving this matter. In hindsight, I should not have pled guilty. I was trying to handle this matter myself quickly and expeditiously.”
Craig pleaded guilty to the misdemeanour of disorderly conduct on August 8 and paid more than $US500 ($607) in fines and fees. He also was given one year of probation, the newspaper reported.
Craig, a married father of three, is in his third term and up for re-election next year.
A gay rights activist claimed in a blog in October last year that Craig had had several gay relationships.