The jig is up for President Donald Trump’s former Oklahoma campaign chairman. The “family values” state senator was caught in a seedy motel room with a 17-year-old boy and now the local police are recommending charges of solicitation of prostitution with a minor, among others, to be brought against him. This must make Trump gleeful as he has made a habit of collecting the absolute worst society has to offer to be associated with his administration.
Oklahoma state Sen. Ralph Shortey was confronted by the Moore Police Department on March 9, 2017 in Moore, Oklahoma at his Motel 8 room after they received reports Shortey was shacked up with a 17-year-old boy who will be referred to by the pseudonym “Justin.”
Details were scant at first as police conducted their investigation, and now the official police report has been made available to the public. Any thought of giving Shortey the benefit of the doubt has gone out the window, as all of his horrifyingly dirty deeds are now being laid bare for all to see.
According to the official report, filed by Sgt. James White, Shortey attempted to lie to police when he was confronted and initially said he was in the motel room alone. He refused to exit the room.
When police threatened to use a master key given to them by the motel’s management to enter the room Shortey quickly gave up and his underage would-be romantic partner for the evening emerged from hiding.
Police interviewed “Justin” who quickly spilled the beans on Shortey in the form of giving a spoken interview, and by allowing police to see the text messages between two.
In the text messages Shortey used the fake name “Jamie Tilley.” “Justin” told police he and Shortey had been communicating for the better part of a year. “Justin” also stated Shortey had offered him cash in exchange for sex. The official report, which has been partly redacted, says:
The text messages speak for themselves and require no further elaboration.
Shortey has been a member of the Oklahoma senate since 2010 and in 2015 he was named the chairman of Donald Trump’s Oklahoma presidential campaign. Trump has bragged about sexual assaulting women by grabbing them “by the pu**y” and getting away with it because he’s rich and famous, but his friend Shortey will have no such parachute to save him.
The Moore Police Department have recommended to Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn that Shortey be prosecuted for “Engage / Solicitation Prostitution w/ Minor.” The reason for the dual charge of engaging in prostitution and solicitation of prostitution with a minor is that Shortey’s own words in the text messages show he solicited “Brian.”
However, according to the report, police also found an open box of condoms in Shortey’s motel room. “Justin” did not confirm to police if he and Shortey had engaged in any sexual acts, but the circumstantial evidence is quite telling. The Moore police also recommend Shortey be charged with “prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church.”
Due to the evidence against Shortey, the Oklahoma senate voted unanimously, 43-0, to sanction Shortey for “disorderly behavior.” Beyond the sanction, Shortey has had his membership in senate committees revoked. He is also not allowed to occupy his office in Oklahoma City. Shortey is no longer permitted to present bills for consideration of a vote.
He will, however, be allowed to retain his public salary of $38,000 a year. The Republican Senate President Pro Tem Mike Schulz said:
The Oklahoma Senate has full faith that the judicial system will play out appropriately and bring this matter to a lawful conclusion. This resolution reserves the right of the Oklahoma Senate to pursue further action if more facts come to light.
The Oklahoma Republican party is also running as far away from Shortey as quickly as possible. The Oklahoma Republican Party Chairwoman, Pam Pollard, issued a statement:
No person, particularly a child, should be subjected to sex crimes. While we believe in the right to a fair trial and that all people deserve their day in court, the accusations against Ralph Shortey are in no way in line with the principles of the Oklahoma Republican Party.
Oklahoma’s laws against soliciting or engaging in child prostitution are curious. The law calls for a maximum of 10 years in prison, and a sliding scale of fines. $5,000 for the first infraction, $10,000 for the second, and $15,000 for the third and following infractions.
Why Oklahoma would allow an individual who was already convicted of having sex with an underage child to have a second, third, or more chances is indefensible.
However, Oklahoma is a Republican-dominated state with a Republican governor, Republican-controlled Senate and Republican-controlled House of Representatives.
Those who have been not living in a cave with their eyes closed and fingers in their ears know how Republicans love to preach family values while their members are consistently arrested for various sexual crimes.
District Attorney Mashburn will have the final say in the charges which will inevitably be filed against Shortey, and they will likely be more comprehensive than a singular charge of child prostitution. Mashburn will also likely file charges of child endangerment and child enticement. Marijuana was also found in the motel room so Shortey will also face a possession charge.
If convicted on all charges Shortey will be facing a long sentence of sitting in a cold steel cage where he rightfully belongs.
The full police report can be viewed below:
Lou Colagiovanni is an investigative journalist living in Las Vegas who specializes in politics and crime. His work has been highlighted all over the world and he is regularly featured on television and radio.