On Thursday, Ralph Shortey, a former Republican Oklahoma state senator, pleaded guilty to a charge of child sex trafficking.
Shortey, 35, served in the Oklahoma Senate from 2010 to March 2017. In March, Shortey made a vile decision that cost him his reputation and freedom.
He had been talking to a 17-year-old boy on a social media app and picked him up in his vehicle. From there, the two went to a Super 8 motel.
Oklahoma News 4 reported the following:
Moore police said they found Shortey in the hotel room, which had a strong smell of marijuana. They said condoms were also found.
In court Thursday, Shortey admitted to first talking to the boy on a social media app before arranging to meet up. The boy needed money for spring break and was willing to exchange sexual favors.
Shortey also shared sexually explicit images with the boy, who remains unidentified, and according to CBS News, called him “baby boy.” The soon to be disgraced state senator was arrested at the Super 8 in March.
But it gets worse.
News OK revealed further details in the case:
Shortey used the fake names Brian Tilley and Jamie Tilley on Craigslist, in emails and on the messaging app Kik, the FBI agent wrote in a court affidavit filed May 1.
“Shortey used those pseudonyms almost exclusively for illicit and illegal sexual interests or encounters, several of which included communications and exchanges of pornography with underage males, and/or the sharing of child pornography,” Special Agent Charles W. Thumann wrote.
An AOL account linked to Shortey “contains hundreds of emails addressed to 'Brian,'” the agent wrote.
Shortey faces up to 10 years to life in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.