Sen. Ralph Shortey set to resign; United States Secret Service joins investigation
OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) —
According to his attorney, State Senator Ralph Shortey is set to resign by mid-week.
The United States Secret Service has joined the investigation into State Senator Ralph Shortey, R-Oklahoma City. Shortey was arrested after turning himself in last week on three charges related to child prostitution.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation also confirmed that agents served a search warrant on Shortey’s residence late last week. The FBI said it cannot comment on what all was seized or the scope of its investigation into the senator.
The U.S. Secret Service, known for its protection of the president and counterfeiting investigations, also has a cyber-crimes division according to its website. The Oklahoma City field office of the Secret Service told FOX 25 it has an ongoing relationship with the Moore Police Department and is assisting in the Shortey investigation in a limited capacity.
Police in Moore reported they found Shortey in a hotel room in the early morning hours of March 9 with a 17-year-old boy. According to court documents the boy had requested money from Shortey and the senator asked, using an alias account, if the boy would be interested in “sexual stuff.” Police report there was a strong smell of marijuana coming from the room.
The Oklahoma State Senate voted to suspend Shortey and suspend him from all his senate privileges after news of his encounter with police broke. However the Senate leadership has refused to answer questions about Shortey’s future in the senate or if they will request investigative assistance to look through his office and state-owned electronics.
Shortey has not made any public comment on his case, but told reporters outside the Cleveland County Detention Center last Thursday that he would be making a statement soon. The Oklahoma State Senate tells FOX 25 they have not requested law enforcement to look at what is in Shortey's office at the Capitol.
The Senator is also expected to be arraigned by the end of this week.