Idaho Senator Pleads Guilty in Lewd Conduct Case

Earlier this month, Idaho Sen. Larry Craig pled guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct stemming from an arrest at the Minneapolis airport in June. Roll Call, a Capitol Hill newspaper, reports that Craig was arrested by a plainclothes officer investigating complaints of lewd conduct in a men's restroom.

The Republican senator issued a statement Monday afternoon, saying that at the time of the incident, he complained that police misconstrued his actions.

"I should have had the advice of counsel in resolving this matter," Craig said. He added that, in hindsight, he sees that he should not have pleaded guilty, saying, "I was trying to handle this matter myself quickly and expeditiously."

Craig pleaded guilty to the disorderly conduct charge, was fined $1,000 plus $575 in court fees, and was placed on unsupervised probation for a year. A 10-day jail sentence was stayed. A second misdemeanor charge of interference to privacy was dismissed.

Craig, 62, is married and serving in his third Senate term. He is up for re-election next year. He easily won the last election with 65 percent of the vote.

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