Body Cam Footage of Ralph Shortey Arrest Released

Police video shows former state senator after he was found in hotel room with 17-year-old

The married father of four was wearing a T-shirt reading "Ephesians 5:22"- a Bible verse ordering wives to submit to their husbands - adding: "Now go make me a sandwich".

Shortey: "I'm sorry guys. Yeah, this one", a cop said to the door. "I can put you in handcuffs and put you in the back of a vehicle". Shortey asks one of the officers.

Shortey wasn't arrested that evening, but the call spawned a wide-ranging investigation that lead to Shortey being charged with child prostitution in Cleveland County, eventually leading to his resignation from the Oklahoma State Senate.

According to police, a search of a tablet device found on the 17-year-old - who has not been named due to his age - revealed "sexually explicit" messages and other content, including messages from Shortey with offers of cash in exchange for "sexual stuff".

Shortey also admitted that there were drugs in the motel room, despite the fact that he spoke openly as a state senator about how adults shouldn't do drugs in front of minors.

Officers can be heard discussing a strong smell of marijuana outside the room, and instruct those inside they are there to check on their welfare, and that they aren't going away until they come out.

"We were just hanging out, talking about life and stuff", Shortey told police.

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Shortey hasn't been sentenced yet, but he could see between 10 years and life in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for the the federal child sex trafficking charge.

Officer: "Getting high with a young kid, whatever, is a bad idea".

Shortey became well known in the Oklahoma legislature as an anti-LGBT politician, voting on a bill that would allow businesses to refuse to serve gay customers.

Shortey tried to play innocent during his arrest, so the full video is worth watching.

In March, Shortey was originally charged with engaging in child prostitution, engaging in child prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church and transporting a minor for the goal of prostitution in Cleveland County District Court.

Shortey's official legislative biography says he is married to his high school sweetheart and attended Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City.

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