Moore police release video from Ralph Shortey interrogation
MOORE, Okla. (KOKH) —
Moore police have released video that shows the interrogation of a former State Senator prior to his guilty plea.
In November, former State Senator Ralph Shortey pleaded guilty to a federal charge of child sex trafficking. Shortey resigned last March after police say they found him in a hotel with a 17-year-old boy. The Moore Police Department has released video of their March 13 interrogation, recorded four days after Shortey was found inside a hotel room alone with a juvenile.
In the video, Shortey can be overheard telling investigators what led up to the incident. Nearly halfway through the hour interrogation, investigators offer Shortey a chance to take responsibility for the crime. He then spends the next 20 minutes nearly silent.
According to court records, On March 9, Moore police made contact with Shortey at the Super 8 Hotel on N. I-35 Service Road. Shortey was inside the hotel room alone with a 17-year-old male.
Officers smelled a strong odor of marijuana in the room and found a container with a small amount of the drug inside. Police also found an open box of condoms and a bottle of lotion in Shortey's backpack inside the room.
Court documents show officers learned of a conversation between Shortey and the juvenile on the messaging app "Kik". Police determined Shortey used the alias "Jamie Tilley" and the username "Brinokc4u" during the conversation.
Police say the juvenile told Shortey he needed money for spring break.
Shortey replied he didn't have any things he needed help with at the moment, then asked "would you be interested in 'sexual' stuff?" The juvenile responded yes and the two continued discussing how and where they'd meet.