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Sen. Shortey child prostitution charges raising questions on past bills, comments

Sen. Ralph Shortey (Source OKSenate.gov) Sen. Ralph Shortey (Source OKSenate.gov)

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (KFOR) – Oklahoma State Sen. Ralph Shortey was charged with several counts of child prostitution in Cleveland County on Thursday but, since his election in 2010, he has become well known for authoring some controversial legislation.

According to online senate records, Shortey authored more than 260 bills since his election.

In the 2012 legislative session, Shortey proposed SB 1418 which prohibited “the manufacture or sale of food or products which use aborted human fetuses." It never passed out of committee.

During a heated town hall meeting last month, Shortey suggested a bill that would have changed drug laws (State Question 780 and 781) that were approved by Oklahoma voters last November citing worry about his own children’s safety. The laws made certain drug possession and low-level property crimes misdemeanors instead of felonies.

According to KFOR, just 24 hours after police found Shortey in the hotel room with the teen, he was on Fox Business to talk about his legislation that would have exempted property owners from civil prosecution if they destroyed drones not regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Shortey turned himself into Cleveland County authorities Thursday afternoon after charges were filed and an arrest warrant issued. A Moore Police Department welfare check for a teen seen going into a hotel room with Shortey in the early morning hours of March 9. Moore Police found Shortey in the hotel room with evidence of condoms and a strong smell of marijuana. Based on the police affidavit, Shortey sought to exchange money for sex with the teen.

Gov. Mary Fallin, Oklahoma County Republicans and Senate Democrats are calling for Shortey’s resignation, but he is still collecting his $38,000 salary. The senate suspended him from all committees and stripped his name from all legislation last Wednesday.

Information provided by KFOR.

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