Christian Conservative Lawmaker Pleads Guilty To Child Sex Trafficking

Christian Conservative Lawmaker Pleads Guilty To Child Sex Trafficking

A former Oklahoma state senator-and Trump's campaign chair in that state-is expected to plead guilty to child sex trafficking after offering to pay a 17-year-old boy for "sexual stuff" last year.

In exchange for pleading guilty on the prostitution charges, US prosecutors have reportedly agreed to drop three child pornography counts against him.

"After looking at all the evidence and case law and statutes and everything else, we just felt that this would give him the best opportunity to come out with the best outcome possible", Blau told The Washington Post. Shortey also hopes his plea deal will help him avoid a life sentence in prison, the maximum time for his offense, reported The Oklahoman. Federal law requires defendants to serve at least 75 percent of their sentence. A district judge will decide his punishment in a sentencing set for next year.

Ralph Shortey, 35, who you may remember as the courageous lawmaker who introduced a bill banning human consumption of aborted fetuses, resigned from the legislature in March after he was charged with a number of felonies, including child prostitution, The Oklahoman reports.

The two-term former senator left his seat March 22, following calls from Oklahoma's state leaders for him to resign.

Police had swooped following a tip-off from the boy's father.

The officers who raided the place reported that they found an open box of condoms in Shortey's backpack and a bottle of lotion in the teenager's backpack.

"Shortey used those pseudonyms nearly exclusively for illicit and illegal sexual interests or encounters, several of which included communications and exchanges of pornography with underage males, and/or the sharing of child pornography", the Federal Bureau of Investigation agent wrote in the court affidavit.

He's been married to his high school sweetheart, Jenni, since 2002 and the couple has two children. The teenager confirmed to police that they meant to have a sexual encounter, according to the Oklahoman. The teenager then wrote, "Yes", according to police.

Not even counting the many Trump 2016 campaign officials now under indictment or investigation in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, Shortey is but the latest former Trump campaign official to get into trouble.

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