An anti-gay Republican who is currently serving a 15-year sentence in federal prison after being caught having sex with a teen boy now has to also pay more than $125,000 in restitution to his victim.
In his final court appearance Thursday former Oklahoma State Senator Ralph Shortey was ordered by U.S. District Judge Timothy DiGiusti to pay the restitution after hearing testimony from a child psychiatrist, The Progressive Secular Humanist’s Michael Stone reports.
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The illegal liaison took place at a hotel in the early morning hours of March 9, 2017.
Shortey, a Christian conservative was still in office when he was arrested, and footage from one police bodycam shows him wearing an offensive and misogynistic T-shirt that read: “Make me a sandwich.” Underneath that was a biblical quote from Ephesians 5:22, which reads:
“Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord.”
Shortey was married at the time of the arrest and has four children. After his conviction, his wife divorced him and she was granted permission to change the last name of her and her children.
Shortey’s attorney, Ed Blau said it’s going to take some time for his client to make restitution.
“Obviously he’s incarcerated — he’s not going to be able to do that so what they will do is they’ll take a certain amount off his books each month,” Blau said. “I mean it may be five or ten bucks, and once he’s ultimately released from custody — he’ll have to make restitution payments.”
After being elected to the state senate in Shortey represented Oklahoma city and he was a prominent Christian conservative in state politics. He gained notoriety for being a birther who supported President Donald Trump. He was such a supporter in fact, that he was the state chair of Trump’s campaign during the 2016 primary elections.
The video below discusses Shortey’s resignation. The subsequent video discusses his sentencing.
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