Former Oklahoma State Senator to Plead Guilty To Child Sex Trafficking Charge

Former Oklahoma State Senator to Plead Guilty To Child Sex Trafficking Charge

"It is in my best interest and in the best interest of my family", he wrote in paperwork associated with the plea deal.

The former Republican senator, who campaigned on a "family values" platform and reportedly voted for bills that targeted the LGBT community, has agreed to the guilty plea in exchange for the dropping of three other charges - two of child pornography and one of the production of child pornography.

In March, Shortey was arrested after police found him in a motel with a 17-year-old boy in a compromising position. Child sex trafficking carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, and a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Read the entire federal indictment here.

In the third count against him, Shortey was convicted for communicating with a minor boy named John Doe via Kik. He resigned March 22.

After the arrest, Shortey told the police the teenager had brought him to the hotel room and they had been texting for more than a year.

Shortey had replied, "I don't really have any legitimate things I need help with right now".

"Shortey used those pseudonyms nearly exclusively for illicit and illegal sexual interests or encounters, several of which included communications and exchanges of pornography with underage males, and/or the sharing of child pornography", the Federal Bureau of Investigation agent wrote in the court affidavit.

After Doe responded "yes", the Kik conversation included explicit references to sexual conduct.

There, police discovered Shortey's backpack containing an opened box of condoms and a laptop computer. Both beds were described as unmade.

The boy's father alerted the police that his son had walked into a Super 8 motel with an adult man and was concerned because the teenager had a habit of selling sexual favors through Craigslist and was a drug abuser.

Meanwhile, Shortey remains married to his high school sweetheart, according to his defense attorney, with whom he has four daughters.



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