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Oklahoma state senator under investigation by Moore police

As The Oklahoman's Nolan Clay reported:

MOORE — Police here are investigating why state Sen. Ralph Shortey was in a hotel room last Thursday with a teenage boy.

Police are reviewing text messages purportedly exchanged between Shortey and the teenager as part of the investigation, The Oklahoman has learned. Police became involved because of concerns raised by a relative of the boy.

Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn confirmed Tuesday he has received an initial briefing about the incident from a Moore police investigator. He said he is awaiting the investigator's final report before deciding whether any criminal charges are warranted.

The investigation isn't over, but lawmakers wasted little time suspending Shortey. Reports Dale Denwalt: 

FILE - Sen. Ralph Shortey, R-Oklahoma City answers questions during a press conference supporting the personhood bill in the Oklahoma House Monday, April 21, 2012. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman
FILE - Sen. Ralph Shortey, R-Oklahoma City answers questions during a press conference supporting the personhood bill in the Oklahoma House Monday, April 21, 2012. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman

The Oklahoma Senate has suspended nearly all of Ralph Shortey's privileges as a lawmaker following revelations that police are investigating his relationship with a minor.

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FILE - Sen. Ralph Shortey, R-Oklahoma City answers questions during a press conference supporting the personhood bill in the Oklahoma House Monday, April 21, 2012. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman

FILE - Sen. Ralph Shortey, R-Oklahoma City answers questions during a press conference supporting the personhood bill in the Oklahoma House Monday, April 21, 2012. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman

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Juliana Keeping

Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award... Read more ›

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