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Okla. State Senator Hit With Child Prostitution Charges

Oklahoma state Sen. Ralph Shortey R Oklahoma City speaks during a Senate committee meeting in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Senate has voted to punish Shortey who police say was found with a teenage boy in a mot State Sen. Ralph Shortey Charged With 3 Prostitution-Related Felonies
Craig Ferguson | 17 March, 2017, 01:44

They two initially met through a Craigslist personal ad and communicated for about a year.

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

The police affidavit lists a series of messages on the messaging app Kik allegedly between Shortey and the teenager as they planned to meet. The teenager, identified in the affidavit as J.M., told Shortey he needed money for spring break.

"Jaime Tilley" responded, "I don't really have any legitimate things I need help with right now. Would you be interested in 'sexual" stuff?'

Shortey, who used the alias "Jamie Tilley", referred to the teen as "baby boy". The witness followed the two to the Super 8.

Shortey told authorities that "he was just there to hang out with his friend", the report states. The messages, which were found on the teenager's Kindle Fire tablet, later led to the charges against the Oklahoma senator.

Police also found lotion and an open box of condoms inside backpacks in the room.

Moore police said that acting on a tip from the teen's father, officers went to the Super 8 Hotel last week and smelled marijuana coming from a room.

A redacted Moore police report shows officers found a juvenile and an adult man inside.

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The alleged underage prostitute told police he offered Shortey, 35, sexual services for money when they chatted on Instagram and Kik.

'While we believe in the right to a fair trial and that all people deserve their day in court, the accusations against Ralph Shortey are in no way in line with the principles of the Oklahoma Republican Party'. Police did, however, release a brief statement when asked directly for an incident report involving Sen.

"She (the first assistant district attorney) could send it back for more work or file it as is", Mashburn said.

Senate officials said Shortey will still receive his $38,400 annual salary as a senator and will be allowed to vote.

The Oklahoma Senate on Wednesday imposed sanctions against Shortey, voting unanimously for a resolution that accuses him of "disorderly conduct".

Senate President Pro Tem Mike Schulz (R) said the resolution was not meant to be "a presumption of guilt or innocence", according to the AP.

Shortey does have a wife and children, however, News 9 was unable to reach them for a comment.

After his election in 2010, Shortey pushed for a state law requiring presidential candidates to present valid long-form birth certificates and a ban against using aborted fetuses in food. "That's not the case". Senate Bill 573 was introduced early last month; Shortey's name was removed as author Wednesday.

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