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Police officer who arrested senator accused him of lying during 'embarrassing' episode

Police officer who arrested senator accused him of lying during 'embarrassing' episode

Minutes after he was arrested for lewd conduct, a Republican senator denied soliciting an undercover officer for sex in a men's bathroom and pleaded, "I'm not gay. I don't do these kinds of things."
Sen. Larry Craig denied that he had used foot and hand gestures to signal interest in a sexual encounter, according to a taped interview released Thursday by the Minneapolis Airport Police. The officer, Sgt. Dave Karsnia, accused the three-term senator of lying and grew exasperated with his denials.
"Embarrassing, embarrassing. No wonder why we're going down the tubes," Karsnia said.
Craig, 62, never admitted in the interview to doing anything wrong and claimed his actions had been misinterpreted. However, Karsnia wrote in his report that the gestures were consistent with efforts to find a sexual partner in the men's room.
Craig later pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct, which he now calls a mistake.
More Republicans distanced themselves from Craig on Thursday. Sen. John Ensign, who chairs the Republicans' senatorial campaign committee, stopped short of calling on him to resign but suggested strongly that he should.


Updated : 2020-12-05 23:47 GMT+08:00