FBI confirms sex probe into GOP state senator

2017-03-20 22:17
An undated photo of Ralph Shortey. (Cleveland County Sheriff's Office via AP)

An undated photo of Ralph Shortey. (Cleveland County Sheriff's Office via AP)

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Oklahoma City - The FBI in Oklahoma City has confirmed it is investigating a Republican state senator who is facing felony child prostitution charges after police say he solicited sex from a 17-year-old boy.

FBI spokesperson Jessica Rice confirmed on Monday that her agency served a search warrant on Friday at the Oklahoma City home of Senator Ralph Shortey. Rice said she could not provide any more details because of a "sensitive ongoing investigation".

No federal charges have been filed against Shortey.

State prosecutors charged Shortey last week with engaging in child prostitution, transporting a minor for prostitution and engaging in prostitution within 300m of a church. He was released on a $100 000 bond.

Court records don't show whether Shortey has retained an attorney, and he hasn't responded to texts and voicemails seeking comment.

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