Police Release Body Cam Footage Of GOP Senator Found In Hotel Room With Teen Boy
Police in Moore, Oklahoma has released body cam footage from the night then-state senator Ralph Shortey was found in a hotel room with a teen boy. He was arrested and charged with state child prostitution charges.
The former Republican state senator from Oklahoma City pleaded guilty to child sex trafficking in federal court last week; in exchange, child pornography charges were dropped.
Shortey, 35, was charged in federal court in September after a months-long investigation that started in March 2017 when he was found in a Moore hotel room with a 17-year-old boy.
Police were called to the Super 8 Motel, located at 1520 I-35, in the early morning hours of March 9 for a welfare check. Moore police released body cam video Monday from multiple officers who responded to the call.
“So, what are they saying?” asked one of the responding officers.
“Well, drug-related, maybe,” replied another officer. “Maybe was coming here to buy some weed. Either here for narcotics, or prostitution for narcotics.”
“Like, the kid’s prostituting himself out?”
The video shows police attempting, for several minutes, to get people from inside the first-floor room to come outside.
“Hey, it’s Moore Police Department, man. We just need to check on your welfare, make sure you’re okay. We’re not going away.”
The officers could be heard conversing with someone inside.
“You said you’re getting dressed? You better hurry it up.”
Several times, officers commented about the strong smell of marijuana coming from inside the room. Eventually, the video cuts off when the teen emerges, but the door is closed again.
“What we are worried about is you having a juvenile in there. Yeah, this one,” as the video cuts off and picks back up to when the door opens again.
“Come out,” said one officer, as Shortey is hiding behind the door. “Now, you’re getting me worried, show me your hands.”
Shortey answered the door in a white t-shirt with the words Ephesians 5:22, a bible verse, written on it, as well as “now go make me a sandwich” written below an image of a sandwich. The bible verse is in reference to women submitting to their husband’s will, as they do to the Lord.
Watch the video below: