It seems that Oklahoma State Senator Ralph Shortey has some explaining to do.
The Republican lawmaker, who was state chairman for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, was found in a motel room with an underage male.
Shortey is married to a woman since 2002 and has children.
He is likely to face charges and condemnation from his senate colleagues has been swift.
Police are recommending he be charged with soliciting prostitution of a minor, prostitution within 1,000 feet of church and transporting purpose of prostitution, according to KOCO 5 News.
‘On March 9 … officers of the Moore Police Department were contacted in reference to a welfare check at a local hotel,’ Lt. Kyle Dudley told The Oklahoman.
‘Responding officers found a juvenile male in a hotel room which was also occupied by an adult male. The circumstances surrounding this incident are currently under investigation and no additional information can be released at this time.’
The Cleveland County District Attorney’s Office is expected to decide what to charge Shortey with by Thursday (16 March).
The Senate passed a resolution on Wednesday (15 March) to suspend Shortey and his name was quickly removed from his parking space and his office.
The resolution punishes Shortey for ‘disorderly behavior.’
Democratic State Representative Emily Virgin complains that the senate did not go far enough.
She wrote in a Facebook post: ‘The Senate just voted to punish Senator Shortey by taking away his parking spot, office, assistant, and committee assignments, but they are still going to allow him to vote on legislation on the floor of the Senate AND GET PAID. That’s ridiculous. His constituents deserve a Senator with full legislative powers and an office they can call and visit. Expulsion or resignation are the only acceptable options.’
Shortey was elected to the Oklahoma State Senate in 2010.