Oklahoma State Senator Surrenders To Authorities As He Faces Child Prostitution Charges

AP

A Republican state senator facing child prostitution charges involving a 17-year-old boy has surrendered to authorities in Cleveland County.

State Sen. Ralph Shortey was booked Thursday into the Cleveland County Detention Center. His bond was set at $100,000.

He told reporters he had no comment on the charges but would release a statement later.

Shortey faces charges of engaging in child prostitution, transporting a minor for prostitution and engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of church. Police in Moore, acting on a tip from the teen’s father, found Shortey and the teen in a hotel room last week.

Oklahoma’s age of consent is 16, but its child prostitution statute applies to anyone under the age of 18.

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