Anti-LGBT Republican will plead guilty to child sex trafficking


The allegations led to Shortey's removal from his volunteer position with the Oklahoma City YMCA's Youth and Government program, in which he has been active for 17 years and served as a chaperone on several out-of-state trips, YMCA spokeswoman Brenda Bennett said.

A spokesman for the USA attorney's office in Oklahoma City said he can't comment on the plea agreement but pointed out that Shortey is scheduled to appear in court November 30 for a plea hearing. It's unclear from the police report or charging documents if Shortey and the teen actually had sex. The boy said he needed money for "spring break" and Shortey replied that he didn't have any "legitimate things" he needed help with, but asked if the teen would be interested in "sexual stuff".

"Shortey used those pseudonyms nearly exclusively for illicit and illegal sexual interests or encounters, several of which included communications and exchanges of pornography with underage males, and/or the sharing of child pornography", the Federal Bureau of Investigation agent wrote in the court affidavit.

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Shortey was charged with engaging in child prostitution, transporting a minor for prostitution and engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church. Those charges were dismissed in September, when state officials turned over the case to federal prosecutors.

Bottom line: Nothing says "conservative Christian Republican family values" like a state senator pleading guilty to child sex trafficking charges. He was accused in the other child pornography counts of emailing sexually explicit videos to two individuals in October 2013.

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. She then alerted the teenager's father who called police.

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Officers reported a "strong odour of marijuana" coming from the motel room where Mr Shortey was discovered with an open box of condoms in his backpack. His Senate biography, which is still online, describes him as a "longtime political volunteer" who worked in the oil and gas industry as a production consultant before entering public office.

Shortey was part of Donald Trump's leadership team in Oklahoma during the presidential campaign, and was photographed with Donald Trump Jr., just one day after the liaison allegedly took place.

He's been married to his high school sweetheart, Jenni, since 2002 and the couple has two children. He also routinely voted in favor of bills targeting members of the LGBT community, the AP reported.

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