Former Oklahoma senator to be sentenced on child sex trafficking charge

Ralph Shortey has turned himself in after being charged with engaging in child prostitution

OKLAHOMA CITY – A former Republican state senator in Oklahoma faces a minimum of 10 years in prison on a child sex trafficking charge.

Ralph Shortey is due in federal court in Oklahoma City Monday. He could be sentenced to as much as life in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Shortey pleaded guilty in November in exchange for prosecutors dropping three child pornography charges against him. He said the plea deal was in the best interest of him and his family.

The 36-year-old was arrested in March 2017 after police found him in a suburban Oklahoma City motel room with a then-17-year-old boy. He resigned shortly after the arrest.

Shortey was twice elected in a district covering south Oklahoma City and parts of two suburbs.