“Family Values” Oklahoma State Senator Found With Underage Male Prostitute, Charged With 3 Felonies

The now-suspended Oklahoma state Sen. Ralph Shortey turned himself in today after being charged with three felonies involving child prostitution.

Shortey, who was “a leader in President Trump’s Oklahoma primary campaign”, was charged in Cleveland County District Court following a police investigation into his stay in a Super 8 with a 17-year-old boy.

According to The Oklahoman, Shortey is charged with “engaging in child prostitution, engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church and transporting a minor for prostitution” and had his bail set at $100,000.

In a court affidavit, police reported that during an online conversation, Shortey offered to pay the teen for sexual “stuff” after the 17-year-old told him he needed money for spring break. Police also reported discovering an open box of condoms in the senator’s backpack and a bottle of lotion in the teen’s bag.

In a more graphic turn, police reported the teen at one point wrote “I want you bad daddy,” and that Shortey responded by saying he was going to have sex with “you like a good little boy if you keep calling me daddy.”

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Police also reported that Shortey used the online name “Jamie Tilley” and that he called the teenager “baby boy” during their conversation. In addition, police say the teen told them he had known Shortey for about a year and that the two met through a Craigslist personal encounter ad.

The teen’s parents told police that he “has a history of soliciting himself on Craigslist for sexual conduct.”

But despite additional evidence of marijuana use, prosecutors did not file a marijuana charge against Shortey. Writes The Oklahoman:

Police reported later seizing a green plastic container with the label, “Colorado Retail Marijuana.” Police reported the container smelled of marijuana and contained a small amount of marijuana residue.

Prosecutors did not file a marijuana charge against Shortey primarily because of evidence issues. Police did not find the container until officers returned to the hotel room.

It appears the teen’s girlfriend is responsible for calling the authorities, according to KFOR. When the teen told his girlfriend earlier in the day that “he was going to get paid tonight,” she followed him to a motel where she watched Shortey and the teen enter the room together.

 

It’s worth noting that in 2016, Shortey introduced an anti-immigrant bill and said at the time it would help stop child sex trafficking.

Shortey has not yet commented on the charges.