Officials call for Shortey to resign

Caroline Beck
March 17, 2017

Ralph Shortey, a Republican state senator from Oklahoma - and senior member of Donald Trump's Oklahoma campaign team - may be facing prostitution charges after being found in a motel room with a boy under the age of 18, reports The Independent.

On Thursday, more details emerged as Shortey was charged with three felonies involving child prostitution, the Oklahoman reports. The messages, which were found on the teenager's Kindle Fire tablet, later led to the charges against the Oklahoma senator.

The affidavit does not say who the witness was or why that person followed Shortey and the teen to the motel.

Shortey said he didn't have any "legitimate things" that he needed help with but asked: "would you be interested in "sexual" stuff?"

She said she watched the teen and the adult known to be Shortey enter the hotel room together.

Shorty offered teenager J.M. "money in exchange for sexual contact" within 1,000 feet of First Christian Church, the criminal information charging document states. The teenage boy opened the door, while Shortey, whose name is redacted in the report but whose identity has been confirmed by Mashburn, stood behind the door.

Shortey, a guns rights advocate who has taken a hard-line stance against abortion, was sanctioned by the Republican-dominated state Senate on Wednesday on a 43-0 vote for "disorderly behavior".

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"While a final resolution should await completion of the police investigation, Senator Ralph Shortey owes it to his constituents and all taxpayers to suspend himself from all official activities", said Mark Hammons, chairman of the Oklahoma Democratic Party. He was booked into the Cleveland County Detention Center and released on bond.

In a statement following its passage, Senate President Pro Tem Mike Schulz said it was not meant to be "a presumption of guilt or innocence".

Bail was set at $100,000 bail, and Shortey was released after just two hours, NewsOK.com reported.

"The Oklahoma Senate has full faith that the judicial system will play out appropriately and bring this matter to a lawful conclusion", Schulz said.

Republican Senator Ralph Shortey was booked Thursday (3/16) into the Cleveland County Detention Center.

It was not immediately clear whether Shortey, a 35-year-old married father of two, was in police custody.

Shortey, who was not present in the Senate chamber when the resolution was adopted without opposition, was also not in his Capitol office Wednesday and has not responded to requests for comment.

Other reports by TheDailyFarc

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