Attorney: Oklahoma state senator plans to resign

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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 in a telephone interview he advised Shortey to resign and his client agreed. However, the FBI and U.S. Secret Service in Oklahoma City both confirmed on Monday that they have joined the investigation into Shortey.

A previous chairman of Donald Trump's campaign has been arrested on child prostitution charges.

The married father-of-three handed himself into police after charges were filed on Thursday alleging he had solicited sex from a 17-year-old boy.

Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn charged Mr Shortey last week with engaging in child prostitution, engaging in prostitution within 1,000ft (33 metres) of a church and transporting a minor for prostitution.

Officials with the FBI told KOCO 5 that they are participating in the investigation and have conducted a search warrant Friday afternoon in connection to the case.

The Senate voted unanimously last week on a resolution stripping Shortey of most of his legislative privileges.

Republican leaders in Oklahoma have called for the senator to resign and his name has already been removed from his office door and parking space. He was released on a $100,000 bond.

But senators have not voted to expel Shortey, which would take a two-thirds vote, so he will continue to draw his $38,400 annual salary.

If Shortey contributed the maximum amount to his retirement, he would be eligible to collect $9,216 annually after he turns 60.

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