Ralph Shortey

Former Oklahoma Senator Ralph Shortey leaves the Cleveland County courthouse in 2017. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison in Oklahoma federal court today. 

There were no winners in the Ralph Shortey federal child sex crime case, according to his attorney Ed Blau.

“This case was tragic for all parties involved,” Blau said. “Mr. Shortey’s life was destroyed. It was tragic for his family; it was tragic for the victim in the case.”

On Monday, U.S. District Judge Timothy DeGiusti sentenced the former state senator to 15 years in prison, despite prosecutors wanting 27 to 34 years in prison.

“We appreciate how thorough [DeGiusti] was, and how considerate in looking at the evidence, including Mr. Shortey’s background,” Blau said. The case carried up to life. [DeGiusti] gave Shortey 15 years with credit for time served, so he’ll end up serving about 12 years.”

The background Blau refers to came up during the sentencing hearing.

“My client had an absolutely horrendous upbringing,” Blau said. “He lived for several years on the Lakota-Sioux Indian reservation in South Dakota, without running water, and where he was subjected to physical, emotional and sexual abuse.”

After serving his prison sentence, Shortey will have 10 years of supervision.

In November, Shortey pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of child sex trafficking, but it all started in Cleveland County District Court.

On March 16, 2017, Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn filed charges of engaging in child prostitution, engaging in child prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church and transporting a minor for the purpose of prostitution. In light of a Sept. 5 federal indictment, the Cleveland County charges were dismissed.

According to a Moore police affidavit, on March 9, 2017 officers were called to the Super 8 Motel in Moore, in reference to a welfare check.

Officers found Shortey and a 17-year-old boy inside the room. No one was arrested that night, the affidavit read.

Shortey resigned his position on the Oklahoma Senate shortly after the initial charges were filed by Mashburn. Shortey was elected to the legislature in 2010.

Felonies filed

The following people were charged with felony counts in the Cleveland County Court Clerk’s Office:

• West, Jesse Jason, 25, faces charges of possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute, using a firearm during the commission of a felony, possessing/selling drug paraphernalia-misdemeanor, operating a motor vehicle with an improper tag-misdemeanor, and failing to provide proof of insurance-misdemeanor.

• Lemay, Daroch Burke, 32, faces charges of third-degree forgery, possessing methamphetamine-misdemeanor, and possessing/selling drug paraphernalia-misdemeanor.

• Myers, Bradley Edward, 19, was charged with possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute.

• Schmidt, Edward Allen, 28, was charged with domestic assault and battery after a previous felony conviction.

• Payne, Jackson Ray, 24, was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Traffic report


• 901 N. Porter Ave: At 7:56 a.m., two vehicles were involved in a non-injury collision. 

• W. Robinson Street and 24th Avenue NW: At 10:37 a.m., two vehicles were involved in a non-injury collision.

• 705 N. Porter Ave: At 12:10 p.m., two vehicles were involved in a non-injury collision.

• 3510 W. Robinson St: At 1:03 p.m., two vehicles were involved in a non-injury collision.

• Barbour Avenue and Woods Avenue: At 4:01 p.m., two vehicles were involved in a non-injury collision.

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