FBI, Secret Service join investigation of Oklahoma senator

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"In light of the disturbing evidence and charges filed by the Cleveland County District Attorney's office, Senator Shortey should immediately resign from his seat", Sparks said. Ralph Shortey, R-Oklahoma City, speaks during a Senate committee meeting in Oklahoma City.

Moore police have said they uncovered a series of electronic messages between Shortey and a 17-year-old boy using the messaging application Kik.

Attorney Ed Blau said Monday he's been hired to represent Sen.

The FBI conducted a search on Friday of Shortey's Oklahoma City home, FBI spokeswoman Jessica Rice confirmed.

"Unfortunately I can not provide any more details as this is a sensitive ongoing investigation", Rice said.

Also on Monday, news broke that the FBI is investigating the senator and that the Secret Service is assisting Moore police in its investigation. He was released on a $100,000 bond.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Senate suspended Shortey's power to author legislation, stripped him of his Capitol office and parking space, removed him from all committees and a committee vice-chair position, reassigned his assistant, banned future expenditures for his office expenses, ordered return of his state-owned laptop, and reassigned high school students serving in the Senate's page program who would have otherwise worked for him. Three felony charges were filed Thursday, and several officials are demanding he resign. A Moore Police Department welfare check for a teen seen going into a hotel room with Shortey in the early morning hours of March 9.

Shortey has not made any public comment about the incident.

Gov. Mary Fallin, Oklahoma County Republicans and Senate Democrats are calling for Shortey's resignation, but he is still collecting his $38,000 salary.

Oklahoma law allows for the forfeiture of retirement benefits only if the felony conviction is for bribery, corruption, forgery, perjury or a felony related to campaign finance or the duties of office.

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