Ralph Shortey, Oklahoma state senator, charged with engaging in child prostitution

Ralph Shortey, Oklahoma state senator, charged with engaging in child prostitution

When police arrived at room 120, they "observed a strong odor of marijuana" and found Shortey inside with the teenager, who is identified in the charging papers as a 17-year-old named "JM".

He said they originally met past year through a Craigslist personal encounter ad.

The Cleveland County District Attorney's office is charging Shortey with engaging in child prostitution, engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church, and transporting a minor for prostitution/lewdness.

Shortey, using the screen name Jamie Tilley responded: "I don't really have any legitimate things I need help right now".

'It says two adults registered, ' the manager added.

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When asked why he was in the motel room, he said "he was just there to hang out with his friend".

As part of the investigation, police are examining text messages sent between Shortey and the boy, according to The Oklahoman.

Police also found lotion and an open box of condoms inside backpacks in the room. Thirty minutes later, police were called for a welfare check on the teenage boy, and officers found Shortey in the motel room with the teen, although police did not find any sexual activity going on at the time. But the Associated Press reported that officers received a tip from the teen's father.

Efforts to reach Shortey were unsuccessful.

Shortey was charged hours after he was stripped of his powers by the Oklahoma Senate on Wednesday.

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He told reporters he had no comment on the charges but would release a statement later.

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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. "This resolution reserves the right of the Oklahoma Senate to pursue further action if more facts come to light".

The Republican from Oklahoma City was first elected in 2010.

An employee at the motel said that Shortey checked into the hotel at 12:20 a.m. asking for a room with two beds.

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His priorities in the legislature are "personal liberty, fighting illegal immigration and strengthening public safety in Oklahoma", his biography states. Back in 2012, he proposed a bill banning human fetuses from being used in food, even though he admitted he did not know of any company in Oklahoma or elsewhere that was doing this. "That's not the case".

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