Amid Investigation, Oklahoma Senate Punishes Senator Shortey For 'Disorderly Behavior'

The senate filed and passed a resolution to punish Shortey for "disorderly behavior".

The Oklahoma Senate has suspended almost all of Ralph Shortey's privileges as a lawmaker following revelations that police are investigating his relationship with a minor. (The age of consent in Oklahoma is 16.) A relative of the teen became concerned after finding text messages between Shortey and the boy on the teen's phone.

Last Thursday, KOCO News reports, Shortey checked into a Super 8 Motel a little after midnight, asking for a room with two beds.

Shortey has not spoken publicly about the investigation. When the police arrived 30 minutes later for a welfare check, they found Shortey with a juvenile male.

Police are now investigating the circumstances of the incident.

The Oklahoma Senate has approved a resolution, by a vote of 43 to 0, stripping Senator Ralph Shortey of almost all of his privileges as a lawmaker.

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His bio on the State Senate website says Shortey graduated from West Moore High School in 2000, and following graduation he attended Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City in preparation for mission work in Uganda. His lone executive assistant has been reassigned and he can not spend state money on office supplies or postage.

Shortey can still vote on the Senate floor and receive a monthly paycheck of $3,200, plus benefits.

He has been active for 17 years in the YMCA's Youth and Government organization, which lets teens participate in a program that simulates state government.

Shortey was the state chair of President Donald Trump's campaign during the primary elections.

We condemn the actions of Senator Ralph Shortey to the strongest degree. "Ralph Shortey owes it to his constituents and all taxpayers to suspend himself from all official activities", Mark Hammons, Oklahoma Democratic Party chair, said in a statement. We will await to see how this case progresses before determining next steps.