Thursday, March 23, 2017

This Week's Idiot in Politics: Oklahoma senator, faces child prostitution charges

This week's idiot in Politics is a Conservative Republican in Oklahoma who was found in a hotel room with a 17 year old boy he was paying for sex. Yes, he's married to a woman and has children.

Oklahoma GOP senator, faces child prostitution charges

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma prosecutors on Thursday filed child prostitution charges against Republican state Sen. Ralph Shortey after police found him in a hotel room with a 17-year-old boy.
Shortey, 35, surrendered to authorities on charges of engaging in child prostitution, transporting a minor for prostitution and engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of church. His bond was set at $100,000.
   “I have no comment at this time but I will soon,” Shortey told television reporters as he arrived at the Cleveland County jail to surrender.
    Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb issued a statement calling on his fellow Republican to resign so that the people of his district can move forward with a new state senator.
Moore police said that acting on a tip from the teen’s father, officers went to the Super 8 Hotel last week and smelled marijuana coming from a room. They found Shortey and the teen alone inside.
     A search of the teen’s tablet uncovered a series of sexually explicit exchanges in which Shortey referred to the teen as “baby boy” and offered him cash in exchange for “sexual stuff,” according to a police report. Police also found lotion and an open box of condoms inside backpacks in the room.
The age of consent in Oklahoma is 16, but Oklahoma’s prostitution statute applies to any person under 18 years old.
      A conservative Republican from south Oklahoma City, Shortey is married with three young children.
 
The Oklahoma Senate imposed sanctions Wednesday on Shortey, voting 43-0 for a resolution that accuses him of “disorderly behavior.” Among other things, it removes Shortey from membership and leadership of various Senate committees, bars him from occupying his office and reserved parking spot at the Capitol, blocks his expense allowances and authorship of bills, and revokes his right to have an executive assistant.
   Shortey, who was a county coordinator and early supporter of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, wasn’t present when the resolution was adopted and didn’t show up to his Capitol office on Wednesday.

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