Conservative Christian and Oklahoma lawmaker Ralph Shortey is charged with engaging in child prostitution and other felonies after being caught in a hotel room with an underage boy.
Shortey turned himself in at the Cleveland County Jail late Thursday, local NBC affiliate KFOR reports.
Shortey is charged with engaging in child prostitution, engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church, and transporting a minor for prostitution/lewdness, according to the Cleveland County District Attorney’s office.
Appearing outside of the jail, Shortey told reporters:
I have no comment at this time, but I will soon.
The evidence against Shortey includes a graphic online conversation where the two discuss having sex and smoking marijuana, police reported in a court affidavit. The conversation was found on the teenager’s Kindle tablet.
Shortey, using the online name “Jamie Tilley,” at one point during the discussion about sex called the teenager “baby boy,” according to the affidavit.
KOCO reports that as a result of the scandal, the Oklahoma Senate voted unanimously to suspend Shortey from office.
However, even after the Oklahoma Senate voted unanimously to suspend Shortey from office, the conservative Republican is still collecting a paycheck.
Shortey, 35, represents Oklahoma City. Elected in 2010, the senator is a prominent Christian conservative in Oklahoma politics, known for being a birther, and a Trump supporter.
Raw Story reports Shortey was the state chair of President Donald Trump’s campaign during the primary elections.
According to reports, Shortey “attended Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City in preparation for mission work in Uganda,” before beginning his political career.
Before being busted with an underage boy in his hotel room, the anti-abortion, Christian conservative made national news in 2012 when he proposed a bill that would ban human fetuses from being used in food.
The maximum punishment Shortey faces is 25 years in prison.
Bottom line: Nothing says “conservative Christian Republican family values” like a state senator caught in a hotel room with an underage boy.
(Portions of this article were previously published here.)