Oklahoma State Senator Ralph Shortey, charged with engaging in child prostitution, resigned from office on Wednesday (22 March).
The Republican lawmaker was found in a motel room with a teenaged boy after allegedly offering him money for ‘sexual stuff.’
Shortey submitted a letter of resignation to the President Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma Senate and Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin.
‘I thank the constituents of Senate District 44 for the opportunity they provided to serve,’ Shortey wrote.
‘Because I take that responsibility seriously, I recognize that the charges against me are a distraction to their interests and the remaining legislative session, which should serve all Oklahomans.
‘My resignation is evidence of my respect for public service and the duties of our elected officials. I ask respect for the privacy of my family — my wife and four daughters — as I defend myself of these charges.’
Shortey, 35, was part of the leadership of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in the state.
The Cleveland County District Attorney’s office has charged Shortey with engaging in child prostitution, engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church, and. transporting a minor for prostitution/lewdness.
Police were called to a Super 8 Motel earlier this month to check on the welfare of a 17 year old male.
They arrived and smelled marijuana coming from the room and found the lawmaker inside with the minor who had an open box of condoms in his backpack.
Among the evidence are communications on a Kindle tablet between Shortey and the teenager.