The video was posted by local blog TheLostOgle and shows police as they attempted to do a wellness check at the hotel room.
“Responding officers found a juvenile male in a hotel room which was also occupied by an adult male. The circumstances surrounding this incident are currently under investigation and no additional information can be released at this time,” said Lt. Kyle Dudley in March.
Shortey, who served as chair of President Donald Trump’s campaign in 2016, can be seen wearing a T-shirt saying “make me a sandwich” with the Biblical quote from Ephesians 5:22. The reference is about the subjugation of women.
“I’m sorry, you guys are just freaking me out a little bit,” Shortey says.
“Yeah, that’s kind of what we do,” the officer can be heard saying. The officers didn’t know at the time that Shortey was an elected official and at first didn’t believe it was his real name. The officer can be heard saying that the boy is 17 years old. Shortey claims he “didn’t know.”
“Can you show me that he’s only 17?” Shortey asks.
“No! I can’t,” the officer laughs. “But I can convince you that he is. I can put you in handcuffs and put you in the back of a car.”
Shortey continues to request proof that the boy is under age and the officer continues to promise that the age is true.
“What sense does it make for me to lie to you?” the officer asks. “But listen, whatever you’re doing, it’s a bad f*cking idea. Does that make sense to you?”
He goes on to say that if Shortey wanted to get high by himself or “if you’ve got things you need to figure out — you need to figure that out.” He said that Shortey can “live your life however you want to live it, but when you start doing it with kids and stuff, then it starts to become a serious, serious problem.”
Shortey pleaded guilty to one charge of child sex trafficking in an Oklahoma federal court last week.
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