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There is word today that Republican Senator Larry Craig of Idaho pleaded guilty earlier this month on a disorderly conduct charge. Craig was arrested in June in the men's room of a Minnesota airport.
NPR's Brian Naylor reports.
BRIAN NAYLOR: According to the Web site of the newspaper Roll Call, Craig was arrested by a plainclothes police officer investigating reports of lewd conduct in men's room at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport.
Craig issued a statement this afternoon, saying that at the time of the incident, he complained, police were misconstruing his actions. I should have had the advice of counsel in resolving this matter, Craig said. He added that, in hindsight, I should not have pled guilty and that I was trying to handle this matter myself, quickly and expeditiously.
Craig pled guilty to the disorderly conduct charge, was fined $1,000 plus $575 in court fees, and placed on an unsupervised probation for a year. A 10-day jail sentence was stayed. A second misdemeanor charge of interference to privacy was dismissed.
Craig is 62 and married. He is now serving in his third Senate term and is up for reelection next year. He easily won his last election with 65 percent of the vote.
Brian Naylor, NPR News, the Capitol.
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