Former Oklahoma State Senator Indicted By Federal Grand Jury

Sep 6, 2017

A federal grand jury has indicted former state senator Ralph Shortey of Oklahoma City on four felony counts related to child pornography and sex trafficking.

According to the indictment, Shortey faces two counts of transporting child pornography across state lines through email. He also faces a count of producing child pornography and a count of child sex trafficking. Each count carries a mandatory minimum prison sentence, with the maximum sentence being life in prison. He could also be fined more than a million dollars, on top of paying restitution to his victims.

Shortey resigned from office in March, after being arrested on charges of engaging in child prostitution, transporting a minor for prostitution and engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of church..

In light of the federal charges, Cleveland County district attorney Greg Mashburn dropped a state lawsuit against Shortey.