Oklahoma senator charged with child prostitution

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An Oklahoma Republican state senator was charged with three felony counts Thursday after he was found with drugs and a young teenaged boy inside a motel room.

According to Reuters, Ralph Shortey is a politician who has campaigned as a man with strong family values.

“Officers present observed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the room and inside the room at the time of their contact with the defendant,” an affidavit read. The officers also “found an opened box of condoms in the defendant’s backpack.”

Shortey was booked at a local jail and then released after he made his $100,000 bond. Since the incident occurred, Reuters reports the thirty-five-year-old has not mentioned anything to the media.

Politicians in Shortey’s area, from both political parties, are asking for his resignation, according to Reuters.

“The charges against him do not reflect the character and decorum that we expect of an elected official,” Republican Governor Mary Fallin said in a statement.

H/T: Reuters

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