Secret Service assisting in investigation into Sen. Ralph Shortey

Secret Service assisting in investigation into Sen. Ralph Shortey

The Secret Service's special agent in charge of the Oklahoma City office, Ken Valentine, confirmed Monday that investigators from his office are assisting in the investigation of state Sen.

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Several senators, who did not want to speak on camera, said there are concerns that Shortey could sue them if he is not convicted.

Shortey, 35, had been found with the boy at the Super 8 Motel in Moore, Oklahoma City, on March 9, following a tip off from the teenager's father.

No federal charges have been filed against the senator.

He said the Secret Service formed an economic and identity theft task force about a decade ago, inviting federal state and local police departments to be involved in it. Members of the Moore Police Department serve on the task force.

Last week, he turned himself in to the Cleveland County jail after he was charged with three felonies related to child prostitution.

Officials with the FBI told KOCO 5 that they are participating in the investigation and have conducted a search warrant Friday afternoon in connection to the case.

The Oklahoma Senate imposed sanctions Wednesday on Shortey, voting 43-0 for a that accuses him of "disorderly behavior".

Shortey has been charged with engaging in child prostitution, engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church and transporting minor for prostitution/lewdness after being found in a Moore hotel with a 17-year-old boy. Among other things, it removes Shortey from membership and leadership of various Senate committees, bars him from occupying his office and reserved parking spot at the Capitol, blocks his expense allowances and authorship of bills, and revokes his right to have an executive assistant.

Court records don't show if he had retained an attorney.

"The Oklahoma Senate has full faith that the judicial system will play out appropriately and bring this matter to a lawful conclusion", Schulz said.

Shortey hasn't responded to requests for comment.