Former state senator Ralph Shortey, 35, pleaded guilty to child sex trafficking last week. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dropped child pornography charges against him.
Shortey was charged after he was found in a motel room with a 17-year-old boy.
Body cam footage released by Moore Police shows multiple officers respond to a call for a welfare check at the motel.
“So what are they saying?” one of the responding officers is heard asking.
“Well, drug related, maybe,” another officer replies. “Maybe was coming here to buy some weed. Either here for narcotics, or prostitution for narcotics.”
“Like the kid’s prostituting himself out?”
Shortey is later seen opening the door as the officers tell him “what we are worried about is you having a juvenile in there.”
“Can you show me that he’s only 17?” Shortey asks an officer.
“I can’t,” the officer replies. “But I can convince you that he is. I can put you in handcuffs and throw you in the back of car.”
Officers asked Shortey why he was in a room that smelled like marijuana with a teen boy.
“We were just hanging out, talking about life and stuff,” Shortey replied. “We’ve been talking for a few months about. Tomorrow he told me he was going to get his GED. Couldn’t graduate high school and was trying to get his life on track.”
“What sense does it make, me lying to you?” said an officer. “But listen, whatever you’re doing, it’s a bad [expletive] idea. Does that make sense to you? Getting high, with a young kid, is a bad idea. No matter if they’re 17 or 20. It’s a bad idea. You understand what I’m saying?”
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