Ralph Shortey, a conservative state senator representing parts of Oklahoma City, was arrested Thursday after he was caught in a motel with an underage male.
Police in Moore, Okla., are now recommending three charges: soliciting prostitution of a minor, prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church, and transporting for the purpose of prostitution. A redacted police report indicates the child's father watched him enter a Super8 motel with Shortey and then called police, who smelled marijuana wafting from the room. When confronted by police, Shortey — married to a woman and the father of two children — said he was just hanging out with a friend. But messages on a digital device showed the politician was asking for "sexual stuff" in exchange for money.
Shortey has been stripped of all his committee assignments by the Senate and has lost his office, parking spot, intern, and computer.
As a hard-liner on immigration, Shortey endorsed Donald Trump back in 2015 and served on his Oklahoma leadership team; he also recently had lunch with Donald Trump Jr., according to the New York Daily News.