Senator Pleads Guilty

By Ed O'Keefe

Aug 27, 2007 5:39pm

ABC News’ Z. Byron Wolf reports: Senator Larry Craig, R-Idaho, was arrested in June and pleaded guilty on Aug. 8 to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct stemming from an incident of lewd behavior in the men’s public restroom at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

In a court document obtained by ABC News, Craig agreed to pay a $575 fee and a $1,000 fine and was sentenced to 10 days at the Hennepin County Workhouse and one year of unsupervised probation.

But in a statement released late Monday by Craig’s office, the senator expressed regret for entering the guilty plea.

"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," read the senator’s 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 concluded.

Roll Call, a Capitol Hill news publication, originally reported the exclusive story found here.

A spokesperson for the Sen. Craig originally described the incident to Roll Call as a "he said/he said misunderstanding".

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