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 motel room, has pleaded guilty to a charge of child sex trafficking.
By taking the plea deal, prosecutors dropped three additional charges relating to child pornography.
Shortey was busted with the boy in a Super 8 motel room in March. 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.
The investigation also uncovered evidence that he posted several Craigslist ads “attempting to solicit young males for sexual contact.”
“Need a boy or bromance,” two different Craigslist ads read. “Looking for younger the better (legal) white or mixed.”
During the 2016 GOP primary, Shortey was the state Trump campaign chairman.
By pleading guilty to the charge, he faces a minimum sentence of ten years. The maximum sentence for child sex trafficking is life.