Moore, Oklahoma – Oklahoma State Senator Ralph Shortey, a Republican, is currently facing three prostitution-related charges after being found in a hotel last Thursday with an underage boy that he allegedly solicited for sex. The three charges are: soliciting prostitution of a minor, prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church, and transporting for the purpose of prostitution.
According to The Oklahoman, the relatives of the boy became concerned about his relationship with Senator Shortey, and asked police to check in on him. They found the two together last Thursday while performing a welfare check on the hotel room after receiving a tip that they were there, and have been looking into text messages allegedly exchanged between the Senator and the teenager.
Senator Shortey was an Oklahoma State Co-Chairman for Donald Trump’s campaign, and is the second Trump campaign staffer from Oklahoma to be arrested on felony charges. Stephanie Milligan, the former Battleground State Political Director and Oklahoma and Arizona State Director for the Trump campaign, was arrested last November on two felony charges related to illegal campaign activities.
The Oklahoma State Senate quickly moved to propose a resolution punishing Senator Shortey after the news broke. They passed a resolution unanimously that suspends him from all of his committee and leadership roles, eliminates his staff, and orders all taxpayer-funded property provided to him due to his position as State Senator to immediately be given back to the government. His name was removed as an author or co author of all legislation under the Senate’s control, and he even lost his authorization for his assigned parking spot. Despite the presumption of innocence in the legal system, it is clear that none of his fellow State Senators doubt the veracity of the claims based on the known evidence so far.
As of this time, the Moore police have recommended that the charges be issued, and he should be placed under arrest shortly. Senator Shortey has been married since 2002 to his high school sweetheart.