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Indian lawmaker charged in child prostitution case in Oklahoma






Oklahoma State Sen. Ralph Shortey (R). Photo: Oklahoma Legislature

An Indian lawmaker is facing charges in a child prostitution case in Oklahoma.

Sen. Ralph Shortey (R), a citizen of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, was allegedly found in a motel on March 9 with a 17-year-old male, according to news reports. He is being charged with engaging in child prostitution, engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church and transporting a minor for prostitution.

Shortey, 35, was suspended from the state Senate on Wednesday, The Oklahoman reported. He turned himself in on Thursday and was released on bail of $100,000, the paper said.

Shortey is married and has two children, according to his official biography.

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Oklahoma state senator released after turning himself in on child prostitution case (The Oklahoman 3/16)
Governor calls for Shortey's resignation (The Oklahoman 3/16)
What we know about child prostitution investigation involving Sen. Ralph Shortey (KOCO 3/16)
Oklahoma State Senator Ralph Shortey charged with engaging in child prostitution (KFOR 3/16)
Oklahoma lawmaker, found with boy in motel, charged with prostitution (Reuters 3/16)