Oklahoma state senator Ralph Shortey was arrested and charged with child prostitution after he was found in a motel room with an underage boy, several news outlets reported.
Shortey, an outspoken “family values” Republican, was charged with three felonies of child prostitution, transporting a minor for prostitution and engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of the church he attends. The married 35-year-old was booked into the Cleveland County jail, according to his attorney Ed Blau.
A search of the boy’s tablet uncovered sexually explicit exchanges in which he was offered cash in exchange for ‘sexual stuff,’ according to a police report
Meanwhile, the FBI and US Secret Service in Oklahoma City both confirmed Monday they have joined the investigation into Shortey.
The FBI conducted a search on Friday of Shortey’s Oklahoma City home, FBI spokeswoman Jessica Rice said.
“Unfortunately, I cannot provide any more details as this is a sensitive ongoing investigation,” Rice told reporters.
The Secret Service is assisting in the investigation at the request of the Moore Police Department, said Ken Valentine, special agent in charge of the agency’s Oklahoma City office.
Shortey used a graphic word, saying he wanted to have sex with “you like a good little boy if you keep calling me daddy,” according to court documents cited by NewsOK.com.
Police also seized a plastic container with the label ‘Colorado Retail Marijuana’, but prosecutors did not file drug charges due to problems with collecting evidence.
A conservative Republican from south Oklahoma City, Shortey is married and has three young children.
Ironically, earlier this year Shortey advised former state Representative Dan Kirby during a sexual harassment scandal. Kirby later resigned.
Before beginning his political career, Shortey attended Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City in preparation for mission work in Uganda.
Attorney Ed Blau said Shortey will resign from his seat on Wednesday.