Police on Thursday filed felony prostitution charges against Republican Oklahoma state senator and former state campaign chair for Donald Trump Ralph Shortey after officers found him in a hotel room with a 17-year-old boy.
Shortey turned himself in at the Cleveland County Jail after being charged with engaging in child prostitution, engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church and transporting minor for prostitution/lewdness.
Oklahoma state Senator Ralph Shortey, speaks during a Senate committee meeting in Oklahoma City on February 22, 2017. The messages, which were found on the teenager's Kindle Fire tablet, later led to the charges against the Oklahoma senator.
An affidavit details several graphic exchanges between the two.
To which Shortey responded: "I don't really have any legitimate things I need help right now. Would you be interested in "sexual" stuff?"
An investigation is underway after an Oklahoma legislator was reportedly found with a teenage boy in a motel room.
"While a final resolution should await completion of the police investigation, Senator Ralph Shortey owes it to his constituents and all taxpayers to suspend himself from all official activities", said Mark Hammons, chairman of the Oklahoma Democratic Party.
Later, they discovered an online conversation between Shortey and JM.
While Shortey has not been arrested, he was suspended by the state Wednesday for disorderly behavior and has been stripped of practically all of his political privileges. Shortey can still vote on the floor and receive his monthly salary, according to the Oklahoman.
Senate President Pro Tem Mike Schulz (R) said the resolution was not meant to be "a presumption of guilt or innocence", according to the AP. Police did, however, release a brief statement when asked directly for an incident report involving Sen.
Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn said Wednesday that he could not say what charges might be filed against Republican Sen. Many of his peers in the Oklahoma Senate are calling for him to step aside.
When police arrived at the motel following the father's tip, the front desk manager told them that Shortey had rented the room for two adults.
Oklahoma GOP Chairperson Pam Pollard said in a statement: 'We condemn the actions of Senator Ralph Shortey to the strongest degree.