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Attorney for Oklahoma senator says he'll resign

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(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File). FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2017 file photo, Oklahoma state Sen. Ralph Shortey, R-Oklahoma City, speaks during a Senate committee meeting in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Senate has voted to punish Shortey, who police say was fo... (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File). FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2017 file photo, Oklahoma state Sen. Ralph Shortey, R-Oklahoma City, speaks during a Senate committee meeting in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Senate has voted to punish Shortey, who police say was fo...

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An attorney for a Republican state senator from Oklahoma City facing felony child prostitution charges says his client plans to resign his seat by Wednesday.

Attorney Ed Blau said Monday he's been hired to represent Sen. Ralph Shortey, who is facing three felony counts after police say he solicited sex from a 17-year-old boy.

Blau said he'd recently been retained by Shortey and that it was premature to comment on the charges until he had more time to discuss the case with his client. He said he expects a not-guilty plea will be entered on Shortey's behalf when he makes his initial appearance in court later this week.

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

The U.S. Secret Service has confirmed it is joining the investigation of a Republican state senator from Oklahoma City who is facing felony child prostitution charges.

The Secret Service's special agent in charge of the Oklahoma City office, Ken Valentine, confirmed Monday that investigators from his office are assisting in the investigation of state Sen. Ralph Shortey at the request of the Moore Police Department.

Valentine says the agency has access to some of the latest technology for investigating crimes that involve the use of smartphones and computers.

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

State prosecutors charged Shortey last week with three felony counts related to child prostitution.

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