Oklahoma Senator charged with child prostitution of teen boy

Posted March 17, 2017

Reuters reports that An Oklahoma Republican state senator who campaigned as a champion of family values was charged with felony prostitution on Thursday after authorities found him in a motel room with a teenage boy, the Cleveland County District's office said.

Ralph Shortey, 35, was charged with engaging in child prostitution, engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church, and transporting a minor for prostitution.

Shortey and the unidentified teenager were found together at a Super 8 Motel in Moore, Oklahoma, around 1am on March 9, after an anonymous tip was made to police requesting a welfare check.

Police say they could smell marijuana as they got close to the room.

After police obtained a search warrant to investigate Shortey's behavior, police reportedly found online conversations featuring the underage teen and the accused lawmaker, in which sexual activities were offered in exchange for money.

The Oklahoma Senate on Wednesday stripped Shortey of most of his privileges, including his right to an office at the Capitol. The officer said Shortey informed him that he was just in the room to hang out with a friend and allegedly admitted to bringing marijuana.

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Shortey, who attended Hartland Baptist College and is in his second term in the senate, is married with two kids. The state's Republican governor, Mary Fallin, has already called on Shortey to resign his seat in the senate immediately.

"We will wait for the investigation to be completed before commenting on the charges, but right now our thoughts and prayers are with the young man who appears to be the victim in this situation." .

He can no longer occupy his office or parking spot and must return all state property in his possession.

But Shortey will still receive his $38,400 salary and be allowed to vote. He was booked into the Cleveland County Detention Center and released on bond. In a statement following its passage, Schulz said it was not meant to be "a presumption of guilt or innocence".

The cop said he was then informed about the existence of a Kindle tablet used by the juvenile that contained text messages between him and a person the cops believe to be Shortey. After they knocked, investigators said they told Shortey to open the door, and the legislator allegedly said that no one else was in the room.

'It says two adults registered, ' the manager added.