Ah, the party of family values strikes again.
Courtesy of ABC News:
A former Republican state senator in Oklahoma was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison Monday on a child sex trafficking charge.
U.S. District Judge Timothy DeGiusti handed down the sentence to Ralph Shortey, 36, who faced sentences of between 10 years and life in prison. DeGiusti also ordered Shortey to serve 10 years of supervised probation once he is released from prison and said he will impose a fine on the former two-term lawmaker at a later date. The fine could be up to $250,000.
Shortey pleaded guilty in November in exchange for prosecutors dropping three child pornography charges against him. He said at the time that the plea deal was in the best interest of him and his family.
Shortey was arrested in March 2017 after police found him in a suburban Oklahoma City motel room with a then-17-year-old boy. Police were acting on a tip from the teen’s father when they went to the motel and said they smelled marijuana coming from the room. Police accused the married father of four of hiring the teen for sex.
Shortey resigned shortly after the arrest. His wife obtained a divorce earlier this year.
Is it just me or does it seem like an inordinate number of current or former GOP politicians are eventually convicted of some kind of deviant sexual behavior?
I mean if I were a cynical person, and of course I’m not, it would almost seem as if they are drawn to the Republican party because they believe it provides a blanket of respectability and shields them from the kind of scrutiny which might reveal their illegal and immoral activities.
You know, kind of like the Catholic Church provides for pedophiles.