One of Oklahoma's "get Tough on Crime" politicians just accepted a plea deal for child prostitution, rather than face federal charges of child pornography which span most of the last decade.
Ralph Shortey is alleged to have a social media alter ego by the name of Jamie Tilley. On the night of March 8th, 2017, Shortey was found in a Moore hotel room with a 17 year old boy. that boy knew Senator Shortey as "Jamie". In later police investigations, the boy said he was unaware that Jamie was actually a prominent Oklahoma State Senator and political organizer for the past 2 presidential election cycles.
Shortey also led an ill-fated effort to roll back the criminal justice reform measures which the voters of Oklahoma passed as SQ780 & 781. Those measures made simple possession of marijuana a misdemeanor, rather than a felony.
The police search of the hotel room turned up a bottle of marijuana and police reports indicate a heavy smell of marijuana when Sen. Shortey finally opened the door to the Moore Police Dept.
Now the Federal prosecutors used that federal evidence to pressure Shortey into a state plea deal, in exchange for their dropping a federal case.
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