The attorney for a former state senator charged with producing and transporting child pornography says his client will plead guilty to one count of child sex trafficking in exchange for us prosecutors dropping three other child pornography charges against him.
Sentencing will be scheduled for a later date, Shortey’s lawyer said. The production of child pornography charge came after Shortey was alleged to have convinced a minor to send him an inappropriate photo. Child sex trafficking carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, and a maximum sentence of life in prison.
When making the decision on Monday, he wrote in plea paperwork that it is in the “best interest” for him and for his family.
It calls for federal prosecutors to ask the judge during sentencing to dismiss the child pornography charges, and says he won’t be prosecuted again for any related charges from October 2013 through March 9, 2017.
Shortey has demonstrated a complete lack of ethics, despite the fact that he is constantly promoting “Christian values” and claiming the divine moral high ground.
He was later charged in federal court with two counts of child pornography, production of child pornography and child sex trafficking. In other words, he’s a complete hypocrite. He resigned from his office on March 22, two weeks after being found in a motel room with a 17-year-old boy. The teenager confirmed to police that they meant to have a sexual encounter, according to the Oklahoman.
Police reported Shortey and the victim had carried on a conversation about sex using the messaging app Kik before going to the hotel. Their conversation had turned graphic when the teenager wrote, “I need money for spring break”, according to police.
Shortey responded to the message saying: “I don’t really have any legitimate things I need help with right now Would you be interested in “sexual” stuff”, to which Doe responded with a “Yes”.
Police then searched the teen’s tablet, where they found sexually explicit exchanges in which Shortey referred to the teen as “baby boy” and offered to pay him in exchange for “sexual stuff”.
According to The Daily Kos, Shortey’s shared a picture of him embracing Donald Trump Jr. on March 10, the day after he was found by police in the motel room with the teenage boy. That’s a textbook case of a predator, and Shortey deserves far more than the minimum allowable sentence for what he did.