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GOP state senator caught in hotel room with teenage boy; investigation underway

Police in Moore, Oklahoma are currently investigating why state Sen. Ralph Shortey was hanging out in a hotel room last Thursday with a teenage boy.

A text exchange between Shortey and the teen are central to the investigation, according to The Oklahoman.

Police were first tipped off by concerned relatives of the boy.

On Tuesday, Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn acknowledged he’d received a initial police briefing and is awaiting a final report before decides whether to press criminal charges.

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According to the prosector, 35-year-old Shortey was questioned Monday by police.

First elected in 2010, Shortey (R-Oklahoma City) has been married to his high school sweetheart since ’02.

On Tuesday, Lt. Kyle Dudley to The Oklahoman:

“On March 9 … 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. The circumstances surrounding this incident are currently under investigation and no additional information can be released at this time.”

Shortey has proven to be a controversial figure during his time in Senate. Most recently, he infuriated voters by proposing that approved drug laws be undone at the polls in November.

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Earlier this year, he advised former state Rep. Dan Kirby, R-Tulsa while embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal at the Capitol. Kirby later resigned after a House investigative committee “commended his expulsion.”

The Oklahoman contacted Shortey on Tuesday afternoon. He said he would have a response later.

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  • ChrisK

    If I was a teenage boy I’d feel very unsafe around anyone in the GOP. If you’re messed up in the head ie a pedophile you either join the GOP or become a Priest.

    • Mo Bro

      So THAT’S what happens to pedophiles? So grateful for your omniscient insight.
      (your predictable buffoonery is becoming predictable, CK . . . the shite you write is obviously just to see your name and Zoe Saldana’s blue face on the screen)

    • natekerchel

      ChrisK – refer the ever defensive MO Bro to another story on here about the Duggan family. He is one of the MANY right-wing religious hypocrites involved with boys, girls and underage sex and drugs. As for the Priests – the evidence speaks for itself. Three Popes have apologised for the widespread abuse by Priests. Facts are facts. You are perfectly correct to make your points regardless of Mo Bro disliking it.

    • Mo Bro

      ha ha haha ha hee hee ha haha ha haha ha ha ha ha hee hee ha haha ha
      (deep breath)
      ha ha haha ha haha ha ha hee hee ha ha haha ha hee hee haha haha ha

    • ChrisK

      @Mo Bro
      Must be tough belonging to a group that despises you. Mo Bro.. “but guys I’m just as much of selfish and hateful POS as you. I too think less taxes are more important then my civil rights”. You’re friends only requirement is that you stay deep in the closet and lick their jack boots while you’re at it.

    • DCguy

      Oh Look, the anti-lgbt troll Mo Bro is desperately trying to change the topic. I believe the topic was GOP Senator, and member of Trump campaign caught with young boy in hotel room.

    • natekerchel

      Again with the childishness Mo Bro – always your response when you have no valid point or coherent argument to make. How you can even begin to try and defend this man is beyond my understanding given that we now know more about the boys age and the purpose for being in that room with the repulsive senator. I am not into using ‘morality’ as an argument for anything – this is often the word used by right wing and christian extremists to justify discrimination. But breaking the law is something different. But then he gets his lead on that issue that directly from the usurper in the White House, whose latest racist order has been thankfully stopped once again. Added to that the results of the Dutch election and its been a good night for us.

  • ebd407

    Ok, theythe were just findin a quiet place to talk……lol

    Balls deep….

  • natekerchel

    Predictable response from Mo Bro. Lacking any ‘facts’ in this case we can only speculate as to why an adult male should be in a motel room with a juvenile boy who presumably is not related to him. Given the track record of the right wing/christian extremist body it is likely that sex is involved. However, as we have no actual facts except that both were in a room together, we should be generous and not jump to obvious conclusions. Even if sex is involved I expect that Mo Bro and his ilk will find a way to blame Obama or Clinton or even the boy himself.

  • crowebobby

    …why state Sen. Ralph Shortey was hanging out in a hotel room last Thursday with a teenage boy. Ahhhh . . . because he could?!

    • Mr.Tim

      “because he could?!” and legally I might add. In Oklahoma, a 16-year-old can consent to sexual relations with any other person 16 or older. (and 2 years younger) That being said, there are other potential issues associated with this behavior. One example: 16 year olds are still minors and when an adult is “sexting” with them using pictures there is the potential of being charged with possession of child pornography (a felony). SO it’s ok to have sex with them, as long as there is no photographic evidence that could be sold, illegally, since you MUST be 18 to consent to be in pornographic imagery. Also, you cannot show any minor under 18 any pornographic images, but it’s cool to show him your own junk. As long as the Senator was not a mentor, teacher, Preist, boss, coach to the lad and abusing his authority, then good for them.

  • Juanjo

    Despite Mobro’s typical buffoonery over this situation, the newspaper article this story is from indicates that family members of the young man are the one’s who dropped a dime on the politician. This may not have been a one off. The politician registered the two as being both adults according to the desk clerk. The cops took photos on the room which is standard procedure in a criminal investigation.

    I dislike the use of the term pedophile in these situations because it is technically untrue. A pedophile is someone who is sexually attracted to someone who has not reached the age of puberty. A teenage boy unless he is an extremely late bloomer has reached puberty. We also do not know exactly how old the young man is. Since he is apparently under the age of consent, this means age 16 or younger. So Mr. Shortey is in for a world of hurt depending on what the boy had to say about this little escapade. Oklahoma does not require the act to have been completed or even gotten started in any sense of what most people would consider a sexual assignation for the government to prosecute. Just taking him to the room with the intent to do so pretty much screws him.

    Of course apparently Mr. Shortey apparently trained for and possibly did some mission work for one or another of the Christian cults that abound in Oklahoma a few years ago, so if he had a Bible maybe can convince all concerned he was just showing the young man how to let Jesus enter his life.

    • Mr.Tim

      In Oklahoma, a 16-year-old can consent to sexual relations with any individual 16 or older and 2 years younger. No laws were broken unless he was taken across state lines without parental consent, or payment for services was expected. Also if he was giving the teen religious counsel, or tutoring him in math, coaching his sports team etc. then he would be considered a mentor. That’s a position of power and influence, just like a family member. Oklahoma has laws to protect any minor from being abused by a mentor, religious leader, educator, coach, group leader or family member.

  • StuBur

    And this in a country where buying and carrying a firearm seems to have few barriers

    • jhon_siders

      And your point ?? I am a gay male and I carry a fire arm with permit because the cops cant be there to save your ass when bashers or a thug are going to take your life !

    • scotshot


      You are at least 4-5 times more likely to be injured or killed than someone who is unarmed.

      I’ve always pictured a guy who has a gun aimed at him saying “Give me a sec while I get my gun out of its holster.” Good luck with that.

  • Ogier

    If the boy was 17 then that puts in a different light. One report said it was just after midnight when the cops arrived. Maybe he was just doing missionary work to save a sinner from eternal fire. whatever happens the kid is probably headed for a conversion camp.

  • stnc

    Sounds more like a set up to me! How old was this *kid* . What compromising situation were they *caught* in , if anything? If they were caught engaged in anything improper why wasn’t the adult male simply arrested and the *Youth8 taken into care!?

  • Truth-is-Truthy

    I, too, am frustrated by the hypocrisy by the plethora of conservative Republicans who publicly condemn homosexuality while secretly living out their secret desires. But Republican or not, it would be unfair and unjust to jump to conclusions until all of the facts are known. We also need to be careful because conservatives who wrap themselves in the robe of “Christianity” often conflate pedophilia and homosexuality and that creates so many problems for the gay rights movement. A sexual relationship between someone who is, say 14, with another who is 35 is not just illegal but also immoral. But we don’t (yet) know how old the teen was, nor if the relationship was actually sexual. Call me naive, but I know from personal experience that being in a hotel room with an older guy when you are under 18 can indeed be for chaste reasons, though I grant it is probably rare.

    Oklahoma is one of those states in America where the age of consent laws and statutes linked to them are so convoluted that it can create confusion for those who get caught in compromising situations. In Oklahoma the age of consent is 16, but it is also one of the handful of states where even if someone is 16 it is still illegal for anyone over 18 to engage in a sexual relationship with them, regardless of circumstances or prior relationship. If the teen was under the age of consent and was groomed, coerced, or manipulated then it is a no-brainer that Mr. Shortey belongs in jail. But if the teen was over the age of consent then we enter into a moral gray area because of the contrast between Victorian norms and modern cultural norms.

  • Jack Meoff

    It’s amazing how many extremely conservative people lead these double lives. It must be tiring to have to live like that and watch everything you say and do in order to not reveal your true nature. How is it that there are so many people who could be living openly and freely if they were to accept themselves for who they are but instead insist on living a lie while trying to condemn and take away the rights of others. It is not a way to live.

  • whatevz

    another ‘FAMILY VALUES’ conservative caught in an underage gay-sex scandal… baby Jesus will forgive him in about 5 minutes and he’ll somehow become the victim in this story and get his own FOX News show! move along sheeple, nothing to see here…

  • jhon_siders

    Well there you go another republican caught with another man or boy in this case at least Democrats get caught with woman !!! How much you want to bet that he gets off the hook with no charges ???

  • arcoarconcio_passivy

    yes it´s crimilety because is boy mem face mem boy age teenage boy. doc sex 20 cm 25 cm kg super heterossex activy ! Pedofolier Polllitic It´s Crimiler lá Graçier .

  • nitejonboy

    ” Go Shortey, it’s ya birthday!!! “……..Oklahomo!!!

  • ShowMeGuy

    Ain’t that always the way. Greedy Ol’ Perverts

  • 1EqualityUSA

    His right eye is creepy; dual duel dialed dark. The GOP is such a magnet.

  • Alan down in Florida

    As if being destroyed twice by massive tornadoes wasn’t enough for Moore, OK. Now they got their own gay sex scandal.

    • Herman75

      That once again came with a distinct sucking sound.

  • hanfrina

    … Gays in “OklaHomoSexual!?!” LOL!!! & GOP Pedophiles?!? LMAO!!! It-IS-2017 People. Get-F’N-Real!!!

  • fur_hunter

    Oh….No!….There must be some mistake. A Republican pedophile? No….can’t be. Republicans are such righteous , right every time, so close to God, chosen by God, Christians. Everyone is going to Hell except them. They don’t do anything wrong!!! They are ALWAYS right and everyone else is ALWAYS wrong. How can this be? (You all do know this is severe sarcasm, don’t you? If you haven’t realized it, you are an idiot. Sorry.)

  • natekerchel

    When he is sent to prison it will be one less right wing hypocrite to have to listen to. Maybe his defenders on here will go visit him.

  • ed_vandyke

    I don’t buy the charges. TorRies don’t do these kinds of things (unless, of course, they have a recent and obnoxious history of railing against the thing they’re doing) Where’s his rants against homosexuality, pedophilia? If he doesn’t have any, then this is probably just a set-up… :D

  • GayEGO

    So typical, a southern GOP politician who pretents to be so righteous but sneaks and has a fling with the same gender. GOP Senator Craig of Idaho was caught peaking through a peep hold in the Men’s Room at the Minneapolis Airport.

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