Senator Ralph Shortey

State Sen. Ralph Shortey arrives at the Cleveland County Jail in Norman. Steve Sisney/The Oklahoman file photo

OKLAHOMA CITY — In his final court appearance in his child sex trafficking case, former state Sen. Ralph Shortey was ordered to pay the victim $125,850.

U.S. District Judge Timothy DeGiusti ordered the restitution Thursday after hearing from a child psychiatrist who examined the victim.

Shortey, 36, is serving 15 years in federal prison for the illegal sexual tryst at a hotel early March 9, 2017. The victim later told the FBI they had smoked marijuana, undressed and just started fooling around at the Super 8 in Moore when police officers knocked on the hotel door. The victim said Shortey knew he was then 17. The age of consent for sex in Oklahoma is 16. 

Shortey, an Oklahoma City Republican, resigned from the Senate the same month. He pleaded guilty in November 2017 to child sex trafficking. He was sentenced last September.


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