Ex-GOP Senator Ralph Shortey has agreed to plead guilty to a child sex trafficking offense for offering to pay a 17-year-old boy for sexual “stuff” last March.
In exchange for his guilty plea, federal prosecutors have agreed to drop three child pornography counts against him.
A jury trial for Shorty had been set to begin Dec. 5 in Oklahoma City federal court.
Shortey is now scheduled to plead guilty Nov. 30 instead.
By making a deal, 35-year-old Shortey hopes to avoid being locked up for nearly the rest of his life.
Still, he will be required to serve at least a 10-year prison term, the mandatory minimum time for child sex trafficking.
He was first elected to the Senate in 2010. Shorteywas an advocate of “family values” during his campaigns.