Moore, OK — Body Camera footage, released this week, shows the moment police raided the hotel room occupied by former Oklahoma State Senator Ralph Shortey and his underage victim.
In the body camera footage, Shortey appears dumbfounded as he is caught with the underage boy in his room.
The officer says, “He’s 17.”
Shortey replies, “Okay.”
The officer then asks, “What do you mean, ‘Okay’?”
“I didn’t know that,” replies Shortey.
“Can you show me that he is only 17?” Shortey says in the video.
Ironically, and in poor taste, the senator was wearing a t-shirt referencing the Bible scripture Ephesians 5:22, which refers to wives submitting to their husbands. Under the scripture was the phrase, “Now go make me a sandwich.” Shortey was known as the “family values” senator.
Last week, Shortey pleaded guilty to a single child sex trafficking charge in exchange for three other charges to be dismissed. He now faces a minimum of 10 years in prison but could be sent away for life.
“Mr. Shortey feels this is a necessary step in putting this painful and humiliating ordeal behind him, for both himself, his family and for the state of Oklahoma,” Shortey’s attorney Ed Blau said last month.
Below is the video of this “painful and humiliating ordeal.”
After the federal grand jury meeting in Oklahoma City returned their four indictments, Shorty, 35, originally pleaded not guilty. He wiped away tears as officials read out his child sex trafficking and child pornography offenses. However, given the evidence against him, as detailed in the graphic federal indictment, Shortey’s attorneys likely knew he had no grounds for a not guilty plea.