State Sen. Ralph Shortey turned himself in to Cleveland County authorities Thursday after being charged with engaging in child prostitution, engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church, and transporting a minor for prostitution/lewdness.
Shortey, 35, was found at the Super 8 Motel in Moore with a 17 year old last Thursday. The Moore Police Department released a redacted report containing details of the incident.
All names in the police report were redacted, but the Cleveland County District Attorney confirmed the man in the report is Shortey.
Shortey is “involved with teens on a regular basis through the YMCA Youth in government program and as a senior staffer at Boys State,” according to KFOR.
The 17-year-old boy’s parents reportedly told police he has a history of soliciting himself sexually on Craigslist.
Police also say they found an “open box of condoms” inside a backpack in the motel room.
The Oklahoma Senate voted to take away most of Shortey’s privileges on Wednesday, including taking away his office and parking spot at the State Capitol, but didn’t choose to expel him from his position.
Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb said in a press release Thursday that Shortey “rightfully lost his senate privileges.”
Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Schulz wasn’t pleased with just taking away Shortey’s privileges, but asked for his resignation.
“In light of the criminal charges filed against you, I respectfully request on behalf of the Oklahoma State Senate your immediate resignation s senator of District 44,” Schulz wrote in a letter to Shortey Thursday.
Democratic leaders also publicly asked Shortey to resign.
Shortey SHOULD resign, without any question as to what the current investigation may find.
He was not just accused by an outside source, but found in a motel room with a 17 year old and tried to lie about him being the only person in the room before officers opened the door. He is facing three felony charges revolved around prostitution. He has already embarrassed Oklahoma and made our Senate look bad by them even having to choose to get rid of his “privileges.”
Being charged with a felony is a big deal and being charged with three, especially as a State Senator, is an even bigger deal. He has lost all credibility and respect from other senators, political leaders and voters, not only in his district but throughout the state.
Shortey not resigning shouldn’t even be an option.