CLEVELAND COUNTY, Oklahoma -- Prosecutors filed child prostitution charges against an Oklahoma State Senator Thursday, after police officers caught him in a hotel room with a teenage boy near a church.
Republican Senator Ralph Shortey, 35, was charged with engaging in child prostitution, transporting a minor for prostitution and engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church. Senator Shortey was busted at a Super 8 Hotel last week after police claim they got a tip from the 17-year-old boy's dad. Investigators said they smelled marijuana coming from the room, where they found the Senator and the teen alone.
A warrant was issued Thursday for Shortey, who has yet to comment on the situation.
On Wednesday, the State Senate voted unanimously to remove him from a handful of Senate committees and ban him from his office at the Capitol.
Oklahoma's age of consent is 16.