Senate strips Shortey of office, assistant, committee posts

Oklahoma Senator under investigation after boy discovered inside his hotel room	 	 	 			CNN Wire

A State Senator is under investigation after police said they found him in a motel room with a teenage boy.

Shortey was the state Oklahoma chair of Trump's campaign during the Republican primaries. Police arrived 30 minutes later, Oklahoma City Hearst affiliate KOCO-5 reported. Charges recommended against Shortey include: Prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church, transporting for the objective of prostitution, and soliciting prostitution of a minor.

Shortey's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Daily News.

Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn confirmed Tuesday that he has received an initial briefing about the incident from a Moore police investigator.

"We condemn the actions of Senator Ralph Shortey to the strongest degree", Pollard said in the press release. Shortey worked as a production consultant in the oil and gas industry before he was elected to the Senate District 44 seat in 2010. Shortey is 35, married with children. If proven to be true, appropriate justice should be served.

Shortey's legislative office door was found to have a note saying that he would be gone for the week. He said he is awaiting the investigator's final report before deciding whether any criminal charges are warranted. "While we believe in the right to a fair trial and that all people deserve their day in court, the accusations against Ralph Shortey are in no way in line with the principles of the Oklahoma Republican Party".

While Shortey has not been arrested or charged with a crime, Democratic Party leaders are calling on the senator to suspend himself from senate activities until the investigation is complete.

The state senator, whose stated priorities include "personal liberty" and "fighting illegal immigration", endorsed Trump early, in October 2015. On March 10, 2016, Shortey posted a photo of himself posing alongside the president's son, Donald Jr., on Facebook.

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