Oklahoma lawmaker, Senator Ralph Shortey, facing child prostitution charge

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Governor Mary Fallin is calling for the resignation of an Oklahoma Senator facing child prostitution charges involving a 17-year-old boy.

Fallin said in a statement Thursday, "Ralph Shortey should resign his seat in the Senate. The charges against him do not reflect the character and decorum that we expect of an elected official. It is not acceptable. In the meantime, there's a criminal justice system in place to review the allegations. We should respect the process and allow it to work as designed."

Republican Senate President Pro Tem Mike Schulz and Senate Democratic Leader John Sparks also called Thursday for the resignation of Sen. Shortey.

 

Thursday morning, KFOR reported Senator Ralph Shortey turned himself in to police after child prostitution charges were filed by Oklahoma prosecutors Thursday morning. Shortey has since been released on bond.

Cleveland County prosecutors charged 35-year-old Shortey with engaging in child prostitution, transporting a minor for prostitution and engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of church.

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Moore police say that acting on a tip from the teen's father, they went to the Super 8 Hotel last week and smelled marijuana coming from a room. They found Shortey and the teen alone inside.

The age of consent in Oklahoma is 16.

Shortey has not replied to several phone messages seeking comment, and court records don't show if he has an attorney.

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