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Footage shows Oklahoma State Senator Ralph Shortey caught with underage boy in hotel

December 7, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Footage shows Oklahoma State Senator Ralph Shortey caught with underage boy in hotel

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Body cam footage capture Oklahoma State Senator Ralph Shortey with an underage boy in a hotel room.

The Oklahoma police department released body cam video Monday of former State Senator Ralph Shortey busted in a hotel room with a male minor, only days after he entered a guilty plea to child prostitution and porn charges.

The Moore Police Department published the video of the confrontation that took place last March at a Super 8 Motel in Moore, Oklahoma News4 reported.

The footage showed officers knocking on the door of Shortey’s room and the underage boy. Authorities said they went to the room after they received a welfare check call put in by the teen’s father.

“What are they saying?” one of the officers asked another.

“Drug-related, maybe,” an officer responded. “Maybe was coming here to buy weed. Either for narcotics, or prostitution for narcotics.”

The officers said they detected the odor of marijuana and later found a small amount in the room along with condoms and lotion in a backpack that belonged to Shortey, according to FOX25 News.

“It’s Moore Police Department. We just need to check on your welfare, make sure you’re OK.” the cops said.

Later the officers were heard speaking to someone inside and telling the person to hurry and put on clothes.

The video stops when the teen appeared and then starts again with the officers speaking to Shortey, who was trying to hide behind the door.

“Come out,” an officer told Shortey. “You’re getting me worried, show me your hands.”

Shortey came out and was sporting a shirt with the Bible verse from Ephesians 5:22, which summoned for women to “submit to their husbands.”

The officers told Shortey he was with a 17-year-old male but the former state senator responded by asking, “Can you show me that he’s only 17?”

“I can’t,” an officer said. “I can convince you that he is. I can put you in handcuffs.”

The officers asked what Shortey was doing in the room with the teen and he said they were just talking.

The former state senator was then arrested. Police alleged that Shortey hired the 17-year-old for sex.

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A police report indicated that a search of the teen’s tablet revealed a string of sexually explicit messages in which Shortey called him as “baby boy” and offered him money in exchange for “sexual stuff.”

The FBI got involved after Shortey’s arrest and raided his home in Oklahoma City.

The married father of four left his post in March after he was taken into custody on state charges of participating in child prostitution and transporting a minor for prostitution.

Last week, Ralph Shortey pleaded guilty to the charges after federal prosecutors agreed to drop three child porn charges. He faces between 10 years and life behind bars and a penalty of up to $250,000 for child sex trafficking.

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