Thursday, March 16, 2017
An Oklahoma Republican state senator has been kicked out of his office, removed from committees and told to return his state-owned laptop a day after being found by police in a motel room with a teen male. A 43-0 vote took these actions against Sen. Ralph Shortey, who was found at a Moore Motel 8 after the boy's concerned father called police. "This is not a presumption of guilt or innocence," said Senate Pro Tem Mike Schulz, R-Altus. "The Oklahoma Senate has full faith that the judicial system will play out appropriately and bring this matter to a lawful conclusion."
Shortey, who is married to a woman and has two children, according to his Senate biography, was not at the Capitol on Wednesday.
Rep. Dan Kirby, R-Tulsa, resigned last month following allegations he sexually harassed two assistants. Shortey served as a consultant advising Kirby on how to respond to the allegations.
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