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FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2017 file photo, Oklahoma state Sen. Ralph Shortey, R-Oklahoma City, speaks during a Senate committee meeting in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Senate has voted to punish Shortey, who police say was found with a teenage boy in a motel room. Police officials in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore are still investigating the circumstances surrounding an incident last week involving Sen. Shortey and a teenager. No charges have been filed. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

An Oklahoma lawmaker who allegedly asked a boy for sex faces child prostitution charges


An Oklahoma state senator was charged with child prostitution after being found with a 17-year-old boy in a motel last week.

Ralph Shortey, a Republican and a leader of President Trump's campaign in Oklahoma, was found to have texted the boy, offering money in exchange for "sexual stuff." 

Police in Moore, Oklahoma, said the teen's father tipped them off. They smelled marijuana coming from a Super 8 motel and found Shortey and the teen inside. 

While Oklahoma's age of consent is 16, the prostitution law applies to any person under 18. 

Shortey was  sanctioned by his state senate colleagues, who voted 43-0 to accuse him of "disorderly behavior." This bans him from membership and leadership of Oklahoma Senate committees, blocks him from attending his Capitol office and removes his ability to write bills. However, he will keep his job. 

The Oklahoma Senate has full faith that the judicial system will play out appropriately and bring this matter to a lawful conclusion.
Mike Schulz

Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Schulz said the sanctions were not meant to be interpreted as a "presumption of guilt or innocence."

Moore Police released a redacted version of the Shortey arrest report.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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