Shortey pleads guilty in federal case

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Former Oklahoma senator Ralph Shortey enters the Cleveland County Courthouse after his arraignment in March. The case in Cleveland County District Court was dropped after Shortey was federally indicted in September. He plead guilty Thursday in federal court.

NORMAN, Okla. — The Moore Police Department has released body cam footage of the night officers responded to Super 8 Motel in Moore where they found former state senator Ralph Allan Lee Shortey, with a 17-year-old boy.

The release comes less than a week after Shortey, 35, of Oklahoma City, pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of child sex trafficking. The offense carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison.

In exchange for Shortey’s plea, U.S. prosecutors agreed to drop three child pornography counts against him at his sentencing hearing, which is expected to occur within the next 90 days. After U.S. District Judge Timothy DeGiusti accepted Shortey’s guilty plea, he ruled Shortey would remain in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service until that date.

In March, Shortey was originally charged with engaging in child prostitution, engaging in child prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church and transporting a minor for the purpose of prostitution in Cleveland County District Court. However, in light of the federal indictment in September, the Cleveland County charges were dismissed.

According to a Moore police affidavit, officers were alerted March 9 by a juvenile’s father that his teenage son had entered into room at the Super 8 Motel in Moore with an adult.

When officers arrived on scene, they observed Shortey, and the boy, inside the room.

Officers additionally found backpacks with condoms and lotion in them and found a Kindle Fire with a text conversation between Shortey and the juvenile that detailed Shortey promising to pay the juvenile for sex. No one was arrested that night, the affidavit read.

The incident in Moore prompted an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Moore Police Department, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and the Secret Service.


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