On Wednesday, we reported police in Moore, Oklahoma were investigating why state Sen. Ralph Shortey was hanging out in a hotel room last Thursday with a teenage boy.
According to The Oklahoman, a text exchange between Shortey and the teen are central to the investigation.
Police were first tipped off by concerned relatives of the unnamed teen.
The NY Daily News reports Shortey — who was “a leader in President Trump’s Oklahoma primary campaign” — is now being charged with “soliciting a minor for prostitution, prostitution within 1000 feet of a church and transporting someone for prostitution.”
On Tuesday, Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn acknowledged he’d received a initial police briefing and is awaiting a final report before deciding whether to press criminal charges.
It’s still unclear exactly how old the boy is. Authorities are referring to him as a juvenile, although the age of consent in Oklahoma is 16.