OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA
Former Republican Senator Ralph Shortey, from Oklahoma, was sentenced to 15-years in prison in a federal courtroom on Monday. Shortey’s conviction and prison sentence stems from a child sex trafficking charge.
NBC News (@NBCNews) reports, Shortey pleaded guilty to the child sex trafficking charge back in November of last year. The guilty plea on one charge was in exchange for having three other child pornography charges against him dropped.
Shortey was arrested in March of 2017 after police found him in a motel room with a 17-year old boy. A tip from the teens’ father led police to the motel. Police accused Shortey of paying the teen for sex. A police report showed a search of the teens tablet uncovered sexually explicit exchanges between Shortey and the teen. Shortey also offered the teen cash in return for “sexual stuff.” The FBI also found that Shortey used fake names to receive and send child porn and he also actively used Craiglist as he sought “encounters with males, the younger the better.”
Shortey resigned shortly after his arrest. His wife was granted a divorce earlier this year. Shortey will have to serve 10-years of supervised release after finishing his prison sentence. He’s also facing a fine of up to $250,000.