Story continues He also volunteered as a bus driver for children who attended Oklahoma City's Southwest Baptist Church, where he attended services since his own childhood.
Attorney Ecntre Blau declined to comment Tuesday on the allegations. He also frustrated the occasional security guard posted at the state Capitol entrance by breezing through the metal detector and setting off the alarms but refusing to stop and be screened like all other visitors. Joe Dorman, a former Democratic state representative who was active in the same youth program, said the year-old lawmaker was "peculiar" and "a little quirky.
The FBI conducted a search of Shortey's home, and the Secret Service often lends its expertise in computer and cellphone forensics to local law enforcement agencies. Shortey became active in the program in high school and later served as a chaperone on several out-of-state trips.
Shortey also worked earlier this year as a consultant for former state Rep. When tlusa came to legislation, Shortey developed a reputation early in his career for his harsh stance on illegal immigration, an unusual juxtaposition since he represents a heavily Hispanic district on the south side of Oklahoma City.
He later developed a niche for legislation targeting the bail bond industry, including one eventually ed by the governor to regulate bail enforcers that earned Shortey a visit from noted bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman and his wife, Beth, stars of the reality television show "Dog the Bounty Hunter. He launched a political consulting firm, Precision Strategy Group, in that assisted numerous Republican candidates.
Ralph Shortey, who was elected to represent part of the Oklahoma City area, planned to re Wednesday after being accused of soliciting sex from a year-old boy, according to his attorney. A physically imposing man standing 6-foot-5 and weighing pounds, Shortey frequently wore a fedora or straw hat that made him appear even taller. cenfre
At the time, Shortey cited his own internet research that, he said, uncovered suggestions that some companies use embryonic stem cells to develop artificial flavors. Aside from his legislative work, he was known for his long-running involvement prosfitution a YMCA's youth government program. David Holt, who was first elected to the Senate inthe same year as Shortey.
YMCA spokeswoman Brenda Bennett said she did not know of any allegations of wrongdoing involving his work. Shortey was an early supporter and volunteer last year for Donald Trump's campaign in Oklahoma, but Blau said he did not believe the FBI or Secret Service's involvement has anything to do with his client's political work. Shortey has not responded to phone and text messages from The Associated Press.
Among the early bills he wrote was one to deny Oklahoma prostitutiin to babies born to parents in the country illegally prkstitution another that would allow police not only to question people about their immigration status, but also to confiscate property — including homes and vehicles — belonging to those in the country illegally. Dan Kirby, a Republican from Tulsa who reed after being accused of sexually harassing two former legislative assistants. His attorney said Monday, March 20,that Shortey plans to re his seat by Wednesday evening.
Court records show Shortey had some past financial difficulties dating back to before his time in the Senate, including an eviction, debt-related lawsuits and foreclosure proceedings.