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Anti-Gay Ex-Trump Oklahoma Campaign Chair To Pay $125K To Underage Boy He Bought For Sex


Anti-Gay Ex-Trump Oklahoma Campaign Chair To Pay $125K To Underage Boy He Bought For Sex

Former GOP Oklahoma State Sen. Ralph Shortey was ordered by a judge to pay more than $125,000 in restitution to an underage boy he bought for sex in 2017.

Shortey, a Republican who served from 2011 to 2017 and was also a senior member of Donald Trump’s campaign team in the state, plead guilty to a child sex trafficking charge and was sentenced last year to 15 years in prison.

During Thursday’s final court appearance, the disgraced lawmaker learned from U.S. District Judge Timothy Deguisti that he would pay restitution to his victim for psychiatric and psychological care, according to local outlet

Shortey, who campaigned on a “family values” platform and reportedly voted for bills that targeted the LGBT community, resigned from his office in 2017 after police caught him in a motel room with a 17-year-old boy he had offered to pay for “sexual stuff.”

Officers reported a “strong odor of marijuana” coming from the motel room where Shortey was discovered with an open box of condoms in his backpack.

The married father-of-four met his victim on Craigslist and exchanged messages with the teenager via the Kik app, during which the lawmaker offered the boy money in exchange for sexual acts.

While the age of consent for sex in Oklahoma is 16, Shortey broke federal laws by offering to pay the teenager.

Ralph Shortey is facing felony child prostitution charges after police say he solicited sex from a 17-year-old boy. (Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office)

Prosecutors also asked the judge for an additional $410,000 in restitution for the victim for lost future income, arguing the victim “did not complete high school, largely because of the trauma and victimization caused by the defendant.”

The judge denied that request.

According to the Associated Press, Shortey “routinely voted with his Republican colleagues on bills targeting gay and transgender people, including a measure passed earlier this year that would allow business owners to discriminate against gay people.”

Newsweek adds:

Shortey is also known to be a pro-gun advocate, has been accused of being xenophobic and believed President Barack Obama’s birth certificate was false. Shortey was an early endorser to Trump’s presidential campaign, pledging his support in October 2015. Soon after, the campaign named Shortey as part of its leadership team in Oklahoma.

According to The Daily Kos, Shortey’s shared a picture of him embracing Donald Trump Jr. on March 10, the day after he was found by police in the motel room with the teenage boy.



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