March 16, 2017
Oklahoma Senate Sanctions Legislator Charged with Child Prostitution
Oklahoma Sen. Ralph Shortey has been charged with engaging in child prostitution, transporting a minor for prostitution, and engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church. Police found him inside a motel room with a 17-year-old boy.
The Oklahoma Senate imposed sanctions on Shortey, accusing him of disorderly behavior.
The sanctions remove him from membership in and leadership of legislative committees, prohibits him from occupying his office or parking space, eliminates his expense allowance, prevents him from authoring any bills, and removes his right to an executive assistant.
The legislative body also reserved the right to take further action if, and when, additional facts are made available.