Former Oklahoma state Sen. Shortey, a Republican who reed last spring amid allegations that he had solicited sex from the teen, will plead guilty to sex trafficking charge, his attorney, Ed Blau, said.
Prosecutors will drop three child pornography charges as part of the plea deal. The sex trafficking charge is punishable by at least 10 years in prison. Federal law requires defendants to serve at least 75 percent of their sentence.
A spokesman for the U. Shortey, who represented a portion of Oklahoma City, was first charged in Cleveland County in March, after police officers found him and the underage teenager in a motel room. Authorities said the two had been talking since they met on Craigslist the year before and later agreed to go to a Super 8 motel in Moore, Okla. Investigators also found messages the two had exchanged on a messaging app called Kik. According to an affidavit, the teen told Shortey that he needed money for spring break, and the two talked about meeting for sex.
Shortey was charged with engaging in child prostitution, transporting a minor for prostitution and engaging in prostitution within 1, feet of a church. The motel was near First Christian Church.
Those charges were dismissed in September, when state officials turned over the case to federal prosecutors. Shortey was indicted in federal court on child pornography and sex trafficking charges that same month. Blau said a double-jeopardy statute in Oklahoma does not allow someone to be prosecuted in federal and state courts at the same time for the same crimes.
According to a federal indictment, Shortey had been using the addresses brinokc4u aol. Shortey posted several on Craigslist inthe indictment said.
Shortey and the teen began talking on Kik in March A year later, on March 9, he picked up the teen from his home, and the two drove to the motel. Authorities found an open box of condoms and a laptop computer inside the room.
The explosive allegations prompted Republican leaders in Oklahoma, including Gov. Shortey did so shortly afterward. Shortey was first elected to the Oklahoma Senate in Blau said Shortey and his wife are still together.
They have four children. Shortey, an early supporter of President Trump, is known for his strong stance against illegal immigration and gun control.
Recently, he proposed a bill that would ban sanctuary cities in Oklahoma. :.
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