Senator Arrested for Child Prostitution after Being Caught with Teen Boy*
By Matt Agorist
Moments ago, the Cleveland County District Attorney’s Office announced three felony charges against State Sen. Ralph Shortey, including engaging in child prostitution. The charges come after Shortey was caught in a motel room last week with an underage boy.
According to the DA’s office, Shortey has been charged with three felony counts, including:
- Engaging in child prostitution
- Engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church.
- Transporting minor for prostitution/lewdness.
The investigation was launched when the teen boy’s parents called police after finding disturbing text messages between him and their son. When police began their investigation into the texts, they found Senator Ralph Shortey in a motel room with the boy.
According to KOCO 5, on Thursday they obtained a search warrant that was served during the investigation. In the search warrant, police said they found the juvenile’s Kindle Fire tablet that contained conversation between him and Shortey pertaining to sexual activities in exchange for money. The tablet was seized as evidence.
Police officials released the following statement on the department’s Facebook page:
“There has been a great deal of interest in an incident that occurred in Moore on March 9th, 2017 at a local hotel. At this time, an investigation is still ongoing. The Moore Police Department is committed to responding to and fulfilling requirements of the Oklahoma Open Records act. The Moore Police Department will be providing prompt and reasonable access to records for public inspection once the release of those records will no longer hinder any ongoing investigation and when the records have been compiled.”
According to the redacted police report, the boy was uncertain as to why he was in the hotel room — not knowing if it was for “illegal narcotics or for sexual activity.”