Former Okla. State Senator Ralph Shortey indicted

Former Okla. State Senator Ralph Shortey indicted on child porn charges

Ralph Shortey

I originally posted about former Oklahoma State Senator Ralph Shortey here. Back in March, he was caught in a motel with a 17-year-old boy he met through craigslist, who Shortey was allegedly paying for sex. When asked about the situation, Shortey reportedly said “he was just there to hang out with his friend.”

More recently, Shortey was indicted in Federal Court on child porn charges along with the charge for child sex trafficking. Shortey is believed to have traded child porn on a social networking app of a prepubescent girl. He’s also accused of producing child porn by requesting an underage victim to send him explicit images over said social app. According to the indictment, the app used was Kik, but that’s for another website.

However, Shortey was released on a mere $5,000 bond. Why? If he was any other Joe Pedophile off the streets he’d probably be held on bond of at least $100,000 or more. I guess even disgraced state Senators still hold some sway even if they’re allegedly a sexual predator.

UPDATE 11/30/2017: Shortey has pleaded guilty to child sex trafficking. He is scheduled to be sentenced net year. He’s looking at 10 years in federal prison.

Okla. State Senator caught ‘hanging out’ with child prostitute from craigslist

Okla. State Senator caught 'hanging out' with child prostitute from craigslist

Ralph Shortey

Oklahoma State Senator Ralph Shortey was allegedly caught in a Moore, Oklahoma, motel room with a 17-year-old male that he had met through craigslist. When asked why the Senator was in the room with a minor he was said to have replied “he was just there to hang out with his friend.” I’m pretty sure every time a child predator says that, a Chris Hansen gets his wings.

The teen’s family reportedly told police that the boy has a history of turning himself out on craigslist for money. Just because he was a willing participant, that doesn’t excuse Senator Shortey for his actions. While 16 may be the legal age of consent in Oklahoma, since the boy was under 18 that still makes it child prostitution.

It will be interesting to see if the Senator receives probation or if he will be running for President of the cell block.