In March, Shortey was originally charged with engaging in child prostitution, engaging in child prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church and transporting a minor for the purpose of prostitution in Cleveland County District Court. However, in light of the federal indictment in September, the Cleveland County charges were dismissed. On Thursday, Shortey, 35, of Oklahoma City, pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of child sex trafficking. The offense carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison. Ralph Shortey has decided to enter a guilty plea in this matter to take full responsibility for his actions and move past this embarrassing and difficult time. He believes that this is the best decision for himself, his wife, his children and his family, who he thanks for their love and support. He and his family ask that their privacy be respected going forward, as they attempt to rebuild their lives,” the statement read.