From The Hill
A former Oklahoma state senator has pleaded guilty to a child sex trafficking charge, The Oklahoman reported Saturday.
Former state Sen. Ralph Shortey, a Republican, had been accused of offering to pay a 17-year-old boy for "'sexual' stuff" earlier this year. Federal prosecutors will drop three additional child pornography charges against him in exchange for his guilty plea.
"It is in my best interest and in the best interest of my family," the former state senator wrote in a plea deal paperwork signed this week, according to the Oklahoman.