Former state senator to plead guilty to sex trafficking charge

Ralph Shortey. (Cleveland County Jail)

A former Oklahoma State Senator will plead guilty to a sex trafficking charge.

An attorney for Ralph Shortey confirms to FOX 25 that the former legislator will plead guilty to the charge in exchange for prosecutors dropping three other child pornography charges against him.

Shortey resigned in March after police say they found him in a hotel with a 17-year-old boy. He faces up to life in prison if convicted.

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.

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