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Sen. Shortey accused of meeting with teen male at Cleveland County hotel

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Sen. Ralph Shortey.
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OKLAHOMA CITY – Amidst a firestorm of social media reports Sen. Ralph Shortey (R-South Oklahoma City) was stripped of most of his Senate privileges today.

Social media has been abuzz since NewsOK broke the story yesterday. They reported that police are investigating his presence in a hotel room with a teenage boy. It was reported that a relative of the unnamed boy had alerted police.

Media reports this afternoon say the police report has been released saying that he has been in contact with the teen for over a year. Police say they were notified of the encounter by relatives of a teen.

The relatives followed the teen who met with Shortey at a hotel in Cleveland County. There are also reports that he has been using Craigslist to lure teens into meeting with him.

Shortey is a member of the Rosebud Sioux Indian Tribe and was born in Casper, Wyoming. He spent part of his childhood on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation in Grass Mountain, South Dakota before moving to Oklahoma City where he attended Moore Public Schools.

He graduated from West Moore High School in 2000, and following graduation he attended Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City in preparation for mission work in Uganda. In 2002, Ralph married his high school sweetheart and continued to make his home in South Oklahoma City with their two children. 

With a growing family, Shortey decided against pursuing mission work and instead entered the oil and gas industry, working as a production consultant.

Earlier today, the Oklahoma State Senate passed Senate Resolution 7 43-0 around 2:30 p.m. The Senate resolution will suspend Shortey for “disorderly behavior.” The Senate Resolution takes away eight privileges paraphrased below:

1. Vice-chair of the Committee on Energy and the Subcommittee on Select Agencies of the Appropriations Committee

2. Senator Shortey's membership on the Committee on Retirement and Insurance, Committee on Judiciary and Committee on Appropriations

3. Senator Shortey's authority to designate an executive assistant his executive assistant is hereby placed under the direct supervision of the Chief Operating Officer of the Senate;

4. Senator Shortey is hereby directed to immediately return custody of his state-owned laptop computer and any other state-owned property in his possession to the Senate;

5. Senator Shortey shall no longer be authorized to occupy his office in Room 412 of the State Capitol or his assigned parking space

6. Remove Senator Shortey's name as author or coauthor of any legislation under the control of the Senate. Any other member of the Senate may assume principal authorship or coauthorship of any such legislation

7. The allowances for expenses of the office and postage, and for mileage and other travel expenses

8. All pages (high school students) scheduled as of March 15, 2017

This afternoon Minority Leader Rep. Scott Inman (D-OKC) blasted the Senate resolution with this tweet, "I'm trying to understand why the Senate would strip Shortey of his office & parking space but still allow him to vote on the floor & get paid!"

The Senate resolution does state that it, "reserves the right to further exercise its powers" regarding his behavior.

Red Dirt Report contributor Sean Cummings who describes himself as a very moderate Republican told us, "He did everything he could to be famous which included the fetus bill, then he got on the transgender bandwagon, he was involved with Trump's campaign for the primary, and he did everything to become famous. Well, the downside to becoming famous is you can't be caught with a 16-year-old boy in a motel.”

Red Dirt Report will be looking into what other sanctions will be imposed on Shortey as the story unfolds.

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