3/15/2017 - Moore, OK -- Apparently one Oklahoma senator hasn't heard the cardinal rule when it comes to avoiding political suicide.... "Don't get caught in a motel room with a dead girl or a live young boy."
By now you've all heard the news - Oklahoma state Senator Ralph Shortey (Rep. District 44) was confronted in a low budget motel room in the middle of the night with a teenage boy.
And, since the early rumor was that (the very married) Sen. Shortey was involved in some sort of teen homosexual prostitution trist, JohnTV decided to seek out the official police report to provide to our readers (see the official report at the bottom of this page).
According to the Moore police department; Last Thursday, just before 1 A.M., officers were dispatched to room #120 of the Motel 8 at 1520 N. Service Rd. in reference to a welfare check.
Apparently, the father of a 17-year old boy became concerned about some text messages on his son's mobile device, had tracked his son down and was waiting for police in the motel parking lot.
The report states that the boy was seen going into the motel room with an adult male (later identified as Senator Ralph Shortey).
When police talked to the teenager's father, they were told that the teen "has a history of drug abuse and he was uncertain if [his son] was in the hotel room for illegal narcotics or for sexual activity."
Officers noted that as they approached the motel room door they could smell the strong scent of raw marijuana coming from inside the room. The officers knocked several times before someone behind the door would answer.
The person inside the room, talking from behind the door, first claimed they were alone and questioned why police wanted him to open the door. The report does not disclose who was talking to them through the door. Police advised whomever was in the room to open the door or they would be forced to use a master key to gain entry.
When the door opened, the teenager exited the room and Sen. Shortey was standing behind the open door.
Sen. Shortey was then instructed to take a seat on the sidewalk while police continued to investigate.
The teen allegedly told police he was at the hotel room to hang out with "Brian." At another point in the conversation, it was revealed that Sen. Shortey uses the alias "Jamie Tilley."
The two admitted they had marijuana but police could not locate any. A search of one or more backpacks in the room revealed an open box of condoms and lotion.
The two claimed to have known each other for about a year and bought/sold weed to one another. Police also received information that Sen Shortey and the teen had also been texting each other for most of that time.
Police also learned that Sen. Shortey and the teen had been communicating electronically via the apps Kick and Instagram.
Investigators noted the following electronic communication found on a Kindle device at the scene...
Allegedly by from the teen: "Is there anything I can help you do [for] some cash?"
Allegedly from Sen. Shortey using the alias "Jamie Tilley": How much you needing?"
Allegedly by from the teen: "I need money for Spring Break."
Allegedly from Sen. Shortey using the alias "Jamie Tilley": "I don't really have any legitimate things I need help with right now. Would you be interested in sexual stuff?"
Allegedly from Sen. Shortey using the alias "Jamie Tilley": "Im' here." (12:13 A.M., the same time the teen was picked up from his residence)
The teen's father is reportedly cooperating with law enforcement and has expressed his desire to see Sen. Shortey criminally prosecuted.
Late yesterday, it was revealed that Moore police are requesting three criminal charges to be filed against Sen. Shortey; soliciting prostitution of a minor, prostitution within 1,000' of a church and transporting for the purpose of prostitution.
Under Oklahoma law, Sen Shortey may have actually committed (or at least solicited) child sex trafficking. While all prostitution in Oklahoma is illegal, the solicitation of someone under 18 is covered under our state's sex trafficking laws.
Today, the Oklahoma Senate voted unanimously to impose a punishment against Sen Shortey for "disorderly behavior." The announcement came in the form of a press release dated March 15, 2017. You can read it and the actual Senate Resolution at this link.
Shortey has now been suspended from his positions as vice-chair of the Committee of Energy, the Subcommittee on Select Agencies of the Appropriations Committee. His membership on the Committee on Retirement and Insurance, Committee on Judiciary and Committee on Appropriations were also suspended.
Sen. Shortey is also required to return his state-owned laptop computer and other state-owned property to the Senate. He will also have to give up his office in Room 412 and his assigned parking space.
Sen Shortey will also have his name removed as author or coauthor from any legislation under the control of the Senate.
Sen. Shortey also loses all allowances for expenses related to his office and travel.
However, Sen. Shortey will still receive a pay check and will still be allowed to vote.
Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn says his office will review this matter for possible criminal charges.
According to the Oklahoma Senate website profile on Sen. Shortey, he graduated from West Moore High School in 2000, attended Heartland Baptist Bible College in OKC and in 2002 married his high school sweetheart, Jennifer, and the couple have two children. According to public records, Shortey owns a home valued at $94,000 in the 2100 block of SW 64th in south Oklahoma City.
Sen. Shortey was previously most recently in the news for his controversial decision to try and undo the vote of the people who had passed SQ780 and SQ781 reclassifying some felony drug crimes as misdemeanors. Sen. Shorty had stated that the Oklahoma voters who passed these state questions did not actually know what they were doing.
JohnTV will continue to follow this case.