Body Cam Footage of Ralph Shortey Arrest Released

Lester Mason
December 7, 2017

Two-term state senator Ralph Shortey, 35, pleaded guilty to a federal charge of child sex trafficking last week after an investigation found the married father of four offered a teenage boy cash in exchange for "sexual stuff".

Those state charges were later dropped after federal prosecutors charged Shortey with child sex trafficking and child pornography in September.

The conservative Republican was wearing a T-shirt bearing the phrase: "Ephesians 5:22".

"What sense does it make, me lying to you?" said an officer in the body cam footage.

Moments later, he seemed to push back against the authorities, asking, "Can you show me that he's only 17?"

Shortey: "I'm sorry guys. I can put you in handcuffs and throw you in the back of auto".

Officer: "Yeah. That's what we do".

This means Shortey isn't just a hypocrite and a pedophile; he's also a chauvinistic sexist.

"We were just hanging out, talking about life and stuff", Shortey told police. "He couldn't graduate high school, and (I'm) trying to help him get his life on track".

"Come out", an officer orders him. "But listen, whatever you're doing, it's a bad f*cking idea". He admitted, for instance, to driving the teen to the motel and talking to him online using a pseudonym.

Officer: "Yeah, you can shut the door".


"What we are anxious about is you having a juvenile in there". He faces between ten years to life in prison.

The Oklahoman reported that a judge will sentence Shortey next year.

Eventually, police arrested Shortey and accused him of hiring the 17-year-old for sex.

When officers arrived on scene, they observed Shortey, and the boy, inside the room.

"What we are anxious about is you having a juvenile in there", an officer says in the video.

Police found marijuana, condoms and lotion in the Shortey's backpack in the room.

The conversation had started with the teen messaging Shortey that he needed "money for spring break", police wrote.

He resigned from office six days afterwards.

The Senate painted over his name in his auto park spot, scraped his name from his office door and changed the locks of his office before he had even been charged.

His name was also removed as the author of Senate Bill 573, a proposal that would ban sanctuary cities in Oklahoma.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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