The Oklahoman reports:
Suspended state Sen. Ralph Shortey turned himself in Thursday after being charged with three felonies involving child prostitution accusations. Shortey, 35, was charged in Cleveland County District Court after a police investigation into his stay at a Moore hotel with a 17-year-old boy. Shortey is charged with engaging in child prostitution, engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church and transporting a minor for prostitution. His bail was set at $100,000.
Police reported in a court affidavit Shortey offered during an online conversation to pay the teenager for sexual “stuff” after the teenager wrote he needed money for spring break. Police reported finding an open box of condoms in Shortey’s backpack and a bottle of lotion in the teenager’s backpack.
Police reported the teenager at one point wrote “I want you bad daddy.” Police reported Shortey, using a graphic word, replied he was going to have sex with “you like a good little boy if you keep calling me daddy.” Police reported Shortey also called the teenager “baby boy” during their online conversation. Shortey used the online name, “Jamie Tilley.” The teenager told police he had known Shortey for about a year and the two originally met through a Craigslist personal encounter ad, according to the affidavit.
Last year Shortey introduced an anti-immigrant bill on the grounds that it would help stop child sex trafficking. Seriously. The bill helped earn him the endorsement of Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Shortey also posted the below photo with Donald Trump Jr. AFTER he was arrested at the Super 8 Motel.
— KFOR (@kfor) March 16, 2017
VIDEO: Senator Shortey turns himself into authorities on child prostitution charges. He says, "no comment at this time, but I will soon." pic.twitter.com/3VDTiQrIgu
— Jonathan Cooper (@KOCOCooper) March 16, 2017
VIDEO: State Sen. Ralph Shortey turns himself in to the Cleveland County Detention Center on child prostitution complaints: pic.twitter.com/x0JbC1Dvkn
— KOKH FOX 25 (@OKCFOX) March 16, 2017