FBI confirms investigation into Oklahoma state senator
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) —
The FBI in Oklahoma City has confirmed it is investigating a Republican state senator who is facing felony child prostitution charges after police say he solicited sex from a 17-year-old boy.
FBI spokeswoman Jessica Rice confirmed Monday that her agency served a search warrant Friday at the Oklahoma City home of Sen. Ralph Shortey. Rice said she could not provide any more details because of a "sensitive ongoing investigation."
No federal charges have been filed against Shortey.
State prosecutors charged Shortey last week with engaging in child prostitution, transporting a minor for prostitution and engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church. He was released on a $100,000 bond.
Court records don't show whether Shortey has retained an attorney, and he hasn't responded to texts and voicemails seeking comment.