Ralph Shortey, Oklahoma senator, faces child prostitution charges

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Prosecutors in Oklahoma filed child prostitution charges on Thursday against a state senator after he was found in a motel room with an underage teen last week.

The Cleveland County District Attorney's office is charging Shortey with engaging in child prostitution, engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church, and transporting a minor for prostitution/lewdness.

Oklahoma state Sen. Ralph Shortey, R-Oklahoma City, in a photo with Donald Trump Jr. that Shortey posted to his Facebook page on March 10 - a day after the motel incident.

The texts, which had been going on for about a year, were found on the teenager's Kindle tablet that was confiscated as evidence, police added.

Shortey said he didn't have any "legitimate things" that he needed help with but asked: "would you be interested in "sexual" stuff?"

The resolution removed Shortey from committees and kicked him out of his Capitol office and parking space.

As lieutenant governor, Lamb also serves as president of the Oklahoma Senate. "We are not saying they are less than human", he said, according to the Tulsa World.

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The alleged underage prostitute told police he offered Shortey, 35, sexual services for money when they chatted on Instagram and Kik.

But they did release a heavily redacted report that said a juvenile boy was found in a motel room with an adult male on that date.

Shortey, who attended Hartland Baptist College and is in his second term in the senate, is married with two kids. In a statement following its passage, Schulz said it was not meant to be "a presumption of guilt or innocence".

"The Oklahoma Senate has full faith that the judicial system will play out appropriately and bring this matter to a lawful conclusion", Schulz said in a statement after the resolution's passage.

The Republican from Oklahoma City was first elected in 2010. Ralph Shortey on Thursday after investigators said he solicited sex from a teenage boy. "No person or entity shall manufacture or knowingly sell food or any other product intended for human consumption which contains aborted human fetuses in the ingredients or which used aborted human fetuses in the research or development of any of the ingredients", the bill proposed by Shortey read.

If Shortey refuses to resign, it is likely the Senate will move for his removal from office, which requires a minimum of 32 votes.

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