Embroiled State Senator Hires Attorney, Plans To Resign By Wednesday

Oklahoma City residence of Sen. Ralph Shortey on Thursday

Gov. Mary Fallin, Oklahoma County Republicans and Senate Democrats are calling for Shortey's resignation, but he is still collecting his $38,000 salary.

A Republican state senator facing felony child prostitution charges after police say he solicited sex from a 17-year-old boy plans to resign his seat by Wednesday evening, his attorney said. The Oklahoma Senate has voted to punish Shortey, who police say was fo.

Moore police conducting a welfare check on a teenage boy last week found the youth in a hotel room with Shortey.

State Sen. Ralph Shortey will resign, his attorney said Monday night.

Blau said he'd recently been retained by Shortey and that it was premature to comment on the charges until he had more time to discuss the case with his client.

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Blau said he expects a not-guilty plea will be entered on Shortey's behalf when he makes his initial appearance in court later this week. Ralph Shortey, after child prostitution charges were filed against him last week.

Also on Monday, news broke that the FBI is investigating the senator and that the Secret Service is assisting Moore police in its investigation.

During a heated town hall meeting last month, Shortey suggested a bill that would have changed drug laws (State Question 780 and 781) that were approved by Oklahoma voters last November citing worry about his own children's safety.

A search of the teen's tablet computer also allegedly revealed a series of sexually explicit exchanges where Shortey offered the teen money in exchange for "sexual stuff".

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