A member of the Trump Campaign entered a guilty plea in regards to sex crimes involving children. Newsweek reported that Ralph Shortey was charged with and pleaded guilty to a charge of child sex trafficking.
This charge stems from Shortey soliciting sex from a 17 year old boy in March 2017. Shortey pleaded guilty in order to avoid further charges involving child pornography – in accordance with a deal he made with prosecutors from the U.S. Government.
The former state Senator believes that his plea of guilty is the right thing to do. He feels his acceptance of guilt for his wrong doings will allow his family the ability to heal and avoid further humiliation due to his actions. Shortey is married and has four children.
To make this situation even more strange, just take a look into Shortey’s past political background. “The two-term former Oklahoma Republican state senator was first elected in 2010 on a ‘family values’ conservative platform. According to the Associated Press, Shortey ‘routinely voted with his Republican colleagues on bills targeting gay and transgender people, including a measure passed earlier this year that would allow business owners to discriminate against gay people.’ “
As Donald Trump entered the 2016 Presidential race, Shortey was quick to offer his support. In October 2015 the Trump administration named Shortey as part of its leadership team.