State Senator under investigation after being found at metro motel with teenage boy
MOORE, Okla. (KOKH) —
An Oklahoma State Senator is under investigation after allegedly being found at a metro motel with a teenage boy.
Sources confirm to FOX 25 that an investigation has been opened into an incident last week involving State Sen. Ralph Shortey.
Moore Police would not confirm names involved in the case because charges have not been presented, but did confirm a welfare check at a motel.
"On March 9th, 2017 officers of the Moore Police Department were contacted in reference to a welfare check at a local hotel. Responding officers found a juvenile male in a hotel room which was also occupied by an adult male. This circumstances surrounding this incident are currently under investigation and no additional information can be released at this time," the department said in a statement.
The motel told FOX 25 a Ralph Shortey was a guest on the night of March 8 into March 9 morning.
Sources tell FOX 25, police investigators and the Cleveland County District Attorney's office are reviewing text messages between Shortey and the teenager.
Shortey, a Republican, has been the State Senator for District 44 since 2010. The district covers portions of southwest Oklahoma City and northern Cleveland County.
Tuesday, the chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party called for Shortey to step down from his duties.
"While a final resolution should await completion of the police investigation, Sen Ralph Shorty owes it to his constituents and all taxpayers to suspend himself from all official activities. This is far too embarrassing to have him speak, vote or represent Oklahoma on any issue," Mark Hammons said.