Former Senator From Casper Admits Child Sex Trafficking [VIDEO]
Police have released video of the arrest of a former Oklahoma lawmaker, born in Casper, who was found in a motel room with a 17-year-old boy earlier this year.
Former two-term Republican state Sen. Ralph Shortey pleaded guilty to a federal charge of child sex trafficking Thursday, Nov. 30, before U.S. District Judge Timothy DeGiusti in exchange for federal prosecutors dropping three child pornography charges against him.
Video footage of the arrest, published by the New York Post and other media outlets, shows officers discovering Shortey in a motel room with an underage boy. A small amount of marijuana and condoms were allegedly found in the room.
Shortey resigned in March after he was arrested on state charges of engaging in child prostitution and transporting a minor for prostitution. Police found Shortey with a 17-year-old boy in a motel room and alleged he had hired the boy for sex.
A federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment against Shortey in September. The state charges were dismissed following the federal indictment.
Shortey faces up to life in prison and a $250,000 fine for child sex trafficking.