Published: Thu, March 16, 2017
USA | By Angel Wallace

Oklahoma Senate Punishes Senator Amid Investigation

Oklahoma Senate Punishes Senator Amid Investigation

Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn and Moore Police Lt. Kyle Dudley confirmed no charges or arrests have been made yet.

Police in Moore, Oklahoma are recommending three prostitution-related charges in the case regrading State Senator Ralph Shortey after discovering the elected official in the hotel room.

On Tuesday, The Oklahoman revealed that the Moore Police Department was investigating why Shortey was in a hotel room with a teenage boy.

At this point, we do not know what was contained in those text messages.

Under the resolution, the Oklahoma City Republican is stripped of his office and parking space, as well as his committee memberships and leadership positions. When the police arrived 30 minutes later for a welfare check, they found Shortey with a juvenile male.

Police issued a brief statement about their investigation.

Senator Shortey has voluntarily removed himself from the program pending the outcome of the investigation.

Police are now investigating the circumstances of the incident. This resolution reserves the right of the Oklahoma Senate to pursue further action if more facts come to light.

The 35-year-old Shortey, R-Oklahoma City, was questioned Monday by Moore police, the DA said.

The suspension of floor privileges effectively bars Shortey from the Senate chamber and prevents him from bill debates and votes. Ralph Shortey, an early backer of President Donald Trump's election campaign, according to multiple media reports.

"We condemn the actions of Senator Ralph Shortey to the strongest degree", Pollard said in the press release. "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".

A state legislature biography for Shortey says that he has been married to his high school sweetheart since 2002 and has two kids.

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