Former Oklahoma Lawmaker Sentenced For Child Sex Trafficking
A former Republican Oklahoma state senator has been sentenced to 15 years in prison on a child sex trafficking charge.
Ralph Shortey had faced a sentence of up to life in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
Shortey pleaded guilty in November in exchange for prosecutors dropping three child pornography charges against him. He said at the time that the plea deal was in the best interest of him and his family.
Shortey was arrested in March 2017 after police found him in a suburban Oklahoma City motel room with a then-17-year-old boy.
A police report indicated Shortey had offered the teen cash in exchange for “sexual stuff.”
The FBI also found that Shortey had previously used fake names to send and receive child pornography.
Shortey was twice elected in a district covering south Oklahoma City and parts of two suburbs.