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‘Family values’ politician slapped with multiple federal child porn and sex trafficking charges

Ralph Shortey's police mugshot.

Former GOP state Senator Ralph Shortey from Oklahoma, who resigned in disgrace back in March after being caught redhanded with a 17-year-old boy in a Super 8 motel room, has just been slapped with four federal child porn and sex trafficking charges.

According to court documents, two of the charges stem from allegations that the 35-year-old Trump-supporting, “family values” politician, who is a married father of four, used a cellphone to send x-rated videos from an AOL email address. One of the videos featured a “prepubescent girl.” The others involved several young boys. The videos were sent back in October 2013.

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The other child porn charges are connected to allegations that Shortey persuaded a minor to send him at least one inappropriate picture. He is accused of contacting the minor through social media back in February 2016. The photo was sent sometime between then and March 2017.

The fourth charge accuses Shortey of soliciting a minor for sex in March 2017. That charge relates to three previous charges stemming from an alleged incident with the 17-year-old boy in the Super 8 motel room.

In case you need a refresher, Shortey was busted with the boy in a Super 8 motel room on March 9. It was later revealed that he had offered the kid cash for “sexual stuff.” Police also uncovered text messages between Shortey and the teen, who he called “baby boy,” referencing bareback sex.

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Shortey was arraigned on Wednesday afternoon in the federal courthouse in Oklahoma City. He plead not guilty to all of the charges. Afterwards, he was taken into the custody with the U.S. Marshals Service. He will be released on a $5,000 bond.