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Oklahoma lawmaker, Republican Senator Ralph Shortey, resigns from Senate

Posted at 1:45 PM, Mar 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-22 16:31:16-04

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- An Oklahoma state senator accused of hiring a 17-year-old boy for sex has resigned.

Republican Sen. Ralph Shortey submitted his resignation letter Wednesday. He was arrested last week on charges of engaging in child prostitution, transporting a minor for prostitution and engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of church.

The 35-year-old married father of three is out on $100,000 bond. Oklahoma's most prominent Republican leaders had called for his resignation after he was charged.

Acting on a tip from the teenager's father, police in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore say they went to a Super 8 Hotel earlier this month and smelled marijuana coming from a room. They say they found Shortey and the teenager.

Shortey had represented his Oklahoma City district in the state Senate for seven years.

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