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Former Senator Shortey scheduled for arraignment today on child prostitution charges

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NORMAN, OK (KFOR) –Ralph Shortey is expected to appear in court this afternoon on the three child prostitution counts he was charged with last week in Cleveland County.

Shortey, 35, faces three felony counts of engaging in child prostitution, engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church, and transporting a minor for prostitution or lewdness.

According to KFOR, he resigned from his senate seat Wednesday following a senate vote to suspend him from all activities and calls for resignation at the state capitol.

The Moore Police Department a 17-year-old runaway boy and Shortey in the hotel room with evidence of condoms and a strong smell of marijuana. shortly before 1:00 a.m. on March 9.

Based on the police affidavit and court documents, Shortey sought to exchange money for sex with the teen.

“He offered him money for sexual contact, he then picked up that minor and took him to a hotel for that purpose,” Susan Caswell, Cleveland County first assistant district attorney, said last week after charges were filed.

Shortey’s attorney released a personal statement from his client:

Earlier today, I submitted my resignation, effective immediately, to the President Pro Tempore (Sen. Mike Schulz) of the Oklahoma Senate, as well as to Governor (Mary) Fallin. I thank the constituents of Senate District 44 for the opportunity they provided to serve. Because I take that responsibility seriously, I recognize that the charges against me are a distraction to their interests and the remaining legislative session, which should serve all Oklahomans.  My resignation is evidence of my respect for public service and the duties of our elected officials.  I ask for the privacy of my family – my wife and four daughters – as I defend myself of these charges.

If convicted on all counts, Shortey faces up to 25 years in prison.

Information provided by KFOR. 

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