Former Senator From Casper Admits Child Sex Trafficking [VIDEO]
Police have released video of the arrest of a former Oklahoma lawmaker, born in Casper, who was found in a motel room with a 17-year-old boy earlier this year.
Former two-term Republican state Sen. Ralph Shortey pleaded guilty Thursday, Nov. 30, before U.S. District Judge Timothy DeGiusti in exchange for federal prosecutors dropping three child pornography charges against him.
Shortey resigned in March after he was arrested on state charges of engaging in child prostitution and transporting a minor for prostitution. Police found Shortey with a 17-year-old boy in a motel room and alleged he had hired the boy for sex.
A federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment against Shortey in September. The state charges were dismissed following the federal indictment.
Shortey faces up to life in prison and a $250,000 fine for child sex trafficking.