Police losing interest in Condit polygraph test


WASHINGTON, AP

The city’s No. 2 police official said that authorities’ interest in administering a lie detector test to Rep. Gary Condit is waning and that the congressman “is not the central figure” in the investigation of intern Chandra Levy’s disappearance.

Police have interviewed Condit, a California Democrat, four times, and at one point suggested they may seek their own polygraph in addition to a private one the lawmaker’s lawyers turned over to authorities.

“I don’t think that’s going to happen … we talked about doing that before. … I think we’re really past the polygraph stage,” deputy police chief Terrance Gainer said in an interview with CNN.

In the private lie detector test, which Condit passed, he denied any knowledge or involvement in Levy’s disappearance.

Gainer also said that despite the multiple police interviews with Condit, neither the lawmaker nor his wife was a central focus of the investigation.

“Well, you have to understand that we’ve gathered a lot of information in this — a lot of electronic information, telephone records, banking records — and nothing has led us to Chandra Levy,” Gainer said.

“And I really think it’s important to point out that the congressman, although interesting to a lot of people, is not the central figure in this, nor is his wife,” he told CNN.

Levy, 24, of Modesto, California, disappeared May 1 while in Washington on an internship with the federal Bureau of Prisons.

In his third police interview, Condit acknowledged he had an affair with her. Police repeatedly have said Condit is not a suspect in her disappearance.

Meanwhile, an aide to Condit lodged a complaint with police Monday alleging a news photographer made contact with the congressman as he went to a waiting car outside his apartment.

The complaint involved free-lance photographer Stephen Boitano, who was on assignment for The Associated Press at the time of the incident Monday afternoon.

John Hall, AP Assistant Chief of Bureau for Photos in Washington, said, “Stephen was taking pictures outside the congressman’s apartment Monday afternoon when the two men brushed arms in a narrow space between cars — it was totally inadvertent.”

Condit then pushed at Boitano before leaving in the car, Hall said.

Television cameras, photographers and reporters have regularly gathered outside Condit’s apartment since the congressman was interviewed by police.