Oklahoma City’s NBC affiliate reports:
A former Oklahoma lawmaker sentenced for child sex trafficking has been ordered to pay more than $125,000 in restitution. Former state Sen. Ralph Shortey is serving a 15 year prison sentence at a facility in Seagoville, Texas after pleading guilty in Nov. 2017. Police caught Shortey in March 2017 in a Moore hotel room with a then 17-year-old boy.
The teenager said the two had kissed and “fooled around” when police officers arrived. $125,850 will go to the victim.
“The victim can choose to go to treatment with it or not. It’s part of the judge’s order, it was based on treatment needs — but there’s nothing that says the victim has to use it for treatment or anything in particular,” said Shortey’s attorney Ed Blau.
In late 2017 prosecutors released an extremely graphic accounting of the emails exchanged between Shortey and teen prostitute.
Shortey was the 2016 Trump campaign chair for the state of Oklahoma and heralded himself as an anti-LGBT Christian family values lawmaker.