Married Senator Caught In A Motel Room With Teen Boy And Weed

Senator Ralph Shortey [Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office]

MOORE, OK — A Republican state senator from Oklahoma is facing prostitution charges after he was caught in a motel room with a 17-year-old boy. Senator Ralph Shortey offered the teen money in exchange for “‘sexual’ stuff,” authorities said.

On Thursday, Shortey was charged with three felonies: soliciting the prostitution of a minor, transportation for the purpose of prostitution, and prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church.

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Authorities said the two met through an online personal ad about a year ago and had been texting on Kik, a messaging app, ever since. Shortey and the teen allegedly exchanged messages about meeting on March 9. The teen, identified in the affidavit as J.M., told the 35-year-old Shortey that he needed money for spring break, and asked if he could do anything for the man for cash.

I don’t really have any legitimate things I need help with right now,” Shortey wrote, the affidavit says. “Would you be interested in ‘sexual’ stuff?”

“Yes,” the teen responded.

A witness saw Shortey pick up the teen in his white Jeep Cherokee, the affidavit says, and followed the pair to a Super 8 motel. Shortey initially denied that an underage teenager was with him after officers knocked on the motel-room door, according to a redacted police report.

Once in the room, police found a container labeled “Colorado Retail Marijuana,” and both Shortey and the teen admitted to police that they had brought the weed to their meeting.

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The allegations prompted Republican leaders in the state, including the governor, to call for Shortey’s resignation, and the Oklahoma Senate has moved quickly to sanction the two-term senator.

Shortey turned himself in at the Cleveland County Jail on Thursday and has been released on a $100,000 bond.

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Main photo: Senator Ralph Shortey [Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office]

  • runnindeer

    Well this is just disgusting. It seems that sexual perverts are not stuck in any political party but are all over the place now.

    • Elizabeth Northern

      They always been there

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    i bet someone set him up

    • Laurali Phillips

      The two were communicating for almost a year on Kik!!! What set up,,,by who???

      • Leslie Gerard

        Ha. I said the same 🙂

    • Leslie Gerard

      Why would you say that? It reads they had been texting​ over a year. Which means he was 16

  • Blackrain

    He’s 17. Definitely knows right from wrong.

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    Oh Dear!

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