Former Oklahoma State Chair For Trump Campaign Ordered To Pay $125K In Restitution To Child Sex Victim

Former Oklahoma state Sen. Ralph Shortey, who was busted for child sex trafficking, has been ordered to pay more than $125,000 in restitution to his victim.
Former OK state Sen. Ralph Shortey

Former Oklahoma state Sen. Ralph Shortey, who was busted for child sex trafficking, has been ordered to pay more than $125,000 in restitution to his victim.

Shortey, who served as Donald Trump’s state campaign chair in 2016, was arrested in March 2017 after police found him with a 17-year-old boy in a motel room in Moore, Oklahoma. Police found marijuana and condoms on the premises at the time of the arrest.

An affidavit from one of the police investigators revealed text messages between the teen and Shortey showed the former ‘family values’ lawmaker was looking to pay the boy for sex.

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Shortey pleaded guilty to one count of child sex trafficking in November 2017 in exchange for three child pornography charges being dropped. He’s currently serving a 15 year prison sentence in Texas.

Although federal prosecutors requested $535,000 in restitution to be paid to the victim, the judge has ordered Shortey pay $125,850.

Shortey does not have the right to appeal the judgment.

According to local news station KFOR, the original $535K figure sought by prosecutors was “to include mental, psychiatric and psychological treatment along with the victim’s estimated lost income resulting from Shortey’s offense.”

The prosecutors pointed out in their motion that the victim “did not complete high school, largely because of the trauma and victimization caused by the defendant.”

The majority of the requested restitution, $410,000, was to offset lost future income as the Social Security Administration calculates a lifetime loss of approximately $410,000 for individuals who don’t finish high school.

But the judge disregarded that argument as speculative since the boy had obtained his GED.

Shortey’s attorney, Ed Blau, told KFOR he felt the judgment was fair, although the victim won’t receive the majority of the funds anytime soon.

“By statute, my client was ordered to pay $125,000 immediately,” said Blau. “Obviously, he’s incarcerated – he’s not going to be able to do that, so what they will do is they’ll take a certain amount off his books each month.”

(h/t KFOR)

Oklahoma State Chair For Trump Campaign Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison For Child Sex Trafficking

Former Oklahoma state Sen. Shortey was sentenced today to 15 years in prison plus 10 years of supervision upon release from prison.
Ralph Shortey

You may recall the sad tale of former Oklahoma state Sen. Ralph Shortey, who was found in a room at a Motel 6 with a 17-year-old boy on March 9, 2017.

Police found through text messages that Shortey had offered the teen cash in exchange for “sexual stuff.” When police entered the hotel room it reeked of marijuana, according to police reports.

In November of last year, Shortey, who was the Oklahoma state chair for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, agreed to a guilty plea of child sex trafficking.

Text messages were found on Shortey’s phone between him and the underage teen that showed the boy needed money. Shortey apparently replied “I don’t really have any legitimate things I need help right now. Would you be interested in ‘sexual’ stuff?”

As part of the plea deal, prosecutors dropped three other charges of child pornography that had been filed against him.

Had he faced all of the charges brought against him in court he could have spent close to the rest of his life in prison.

Shortey was sentenced today to 15 years in prison plus 10 years of supervision upon release from prison.

Shortey was infamous for introducing strange legislation like banning human fetuses in food products (that happens?) and, of course, voting for every piece of anti-LGBTQ legislation put before him.

He had been married to his high school sweetheart since 2002. She filed for divorce, and it was granted this past April.

Former Oklahoma “Family Values” State Senator Requests And Is Denied Release Pending Sentencing For Child Sex Trafficking

On Thursday, former Oklahoma state Sen. Ralph Shortey, who pleaded guilty to child sex trafficking in connection to meeting a 17-year-old boy at a motel for paid sexual favors, asked Judge Timothy Deguisti to release him pending sentencing.

According to police investigations, the teenager apparently needed money and offered sex acts in exchange for money. Shortey showed up with marijuana and condoms.

Shortey’s lawyer based the request for release predicated on Shortey not being a flight risk due to having a wife and his four children who are all homeschooled.

Judge Deguisti denied the request and had Shortey taken into custody.

Shortey, an anti-LGBT, “family values” Republican acted as Donald Trump’s Oklahoma state campaign chair during the 2016 presidential election.

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Former OK State Sen. Ralph Shortey Agrees To Plea Deal For Child Sex Trafficking

Former Republican state Sen. Ralph Shortey, who was the Oklahoma state chair for Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, has agreed to a guilty plea of child sex trafficking after being caught offering to pay a 17-year-old boy for sexual “stuff” last March.

Shortey was found in a Super 8 Motel room with the teenager on March 9. According to the investigating officers, when they entered the motel room it reeked of marijuana.

Text messages were found on Shortey’s phone between him and the underage teen that showed the boy needed money. Shortey apparently replied “I don’t really have any legitimate things I need help right now. Would you be interested in ‘sexual’ stuff?”

As part of the plea deal, prosecutors will drop three other charges of child pornography that has been filed against him.

With a jury trial date of December 5 looming, the former “family values” lawmaker was running short on time and options. Had he faced all of the charges brought against him in court he could have spent close to the rest of his life in prison.

He’ll be sentenced on November 30. The mandatory minimum sentence for sex trafficking is ten years.

Shortey, who was infamous for introducing strange legislation like banning human fetuses in food products (that happens?) has been married to his high school sweetheart since 2002.

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Oklahoma: Former “Family Values” GOP State Senator Ralph Shortey Planned Bareback Sex With Male Teen Prostitute

Why does it seem it’s always the “family-values Christians” that end up being that which they attack so viciously?

You’ll recall former state Sen. Ralph Shortey was found in a room at a Motel 6 with a teenage boy on March 9. It was later deduced that he had offered the boy cash in exchange for “sexual stuff.”

Apparently, “sexual stuff” meant having bare back sex and ejaculating in the teen’s “boy p***y.”

From NBC affiliate KFOR in Oklahoma City:

Ralph Shortey, a Republican from Oklahoma City who represented the state’s 44th senate district, was charged last week in Cleveland County with three counts relating to child prostitution. He turned himself in last Thursday and has been out on bond since.

He faces three felony counts of engaging in child prostitution, engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church and transporting a minor for prostitution or lewdness. Friday was his initial court appearance and the judge entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.

Court documents lay out lurid messages that were sent between the teen and Shortey. WARNING: The court documents in the link below contain GRAPHIC, DISTURBING and ADULT language. Reader discretion is strongly advised.

Shortey served as Donald Trump’s state campaign chair during the GOP primary.

Married to a woman with three children, the former state senator faces up to 25 years in prison.

You can read the affidavit below. Click the image to enlarge.  Warning – ADULT language.

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Oklahoma State Senator Arrested On Child Prostitution Charges Could Still Collect Pension

Leaders of both political parties in Oklahoma, plus GOP Gov. Mary Fallin, have called for the resignation of state Sen. Ralph Shortey in light of his arrest this week for prostitution-related charges.

If he doesn’t resign soon, the state Senate could vote to expel him.

However, due to state laws, Shortey will still be eligible for his pension as a lawmaker even if convicted.

Shortey, 35, has been in office long enough that he will get his state retirement. There is a law that strips elected officials of their pension if convicted of a felony like bribery, corruption, or perjury, but it does not include prostitution with a minor.

“Bribery means an automatic revocation of your retirement benefits, doing these things with minor children does not? I think that ought to change,” House Minority Leader Scott Inman said. Even if convicted, Shortey will receive over $9,000 a year from the state when he retires.

If that’s 25 years of retirement, for example, the State of Oklahoma will pay him nearly $230,000. Leader Inman told NewsChannel 4 he plans to file legislation next year to expand the law to include other felonies.

Transcripts of Shortey’s email exchange with the teen include a message from Shortey wherein he promised the boy he would  “f**k you like a good little boy if you keep calling me daddy.”

While Oklahoma’s age of consent is 16, child prostitution laws apply to anyone under 18.

Shortey, who is married to his high school sweetheart since 2002 and has children,  is still collecting his $38K annual salary as a state senator.

GOP State Senator Offered Teen Cash For “Sexual Stuff”

Oklahoma state Sen. Ralph Shortey

More details on the developing story of Donald Trump supporter Oklahoma state Sen. Ralph Shortey’s prostitution charges after being found in a motel with a teenage boy.

The state senator has been charged with soliciting a minor for prostitution, prostitution within 1000 feet of a church and transporting someone for prostitution.

From The Oklahoman:

Details about electronic communications between Shortey and the teenager were captured on the teenager’s Kindle tablet that was taken into evidence, police said.

The conversation started with the boy asking Shortey, “Is there anything I can help you do some cash?”

Shortey, using the screen name “Jamie Tilley,” responded: “How much you needing?”

“I need money for spring break,” the boy answered.

“Tilley” responded, “I don’t really have any legitimate things I need help right now. Would you be interested in ‘sexual’ stuff?”

Police were told the teenage boy had a history of drug abuse and “soliciting himself on Craigslist for sexual conduct.”

Police launched the investigation after being called by the boy’s father, who had been contacted by his son’s girlfriend.

She told police that her boyfriend had said he was “going to get paid tonight,” and she feared he might be “involved in illegal drugs.”

The girl told investigators she watched him get into a white Jeep Grand Cherokee with a man and she followed them to a Moore Super 8, where they went inside Room 120.

Officers reported smelling marijuana as they approached the room and knocked on the door.

Shortey was Donald Trump’s state campaign chairman during the GOP primary season.

According to the report, the teen and Shortey had been texting each other for over a year.

The Oklahoma state Senate voted unanimously to suspend almost all of Shortey’s privileges as a lawmaker including scraping his name off his office door and painting over his name at his parking space.

However, he can still vote on the floor of the Senate, and continues to draw his monthly salary of $3,200 plus benefits.