A married senator and father of three has resigned from his position in the Oklahoma Senate following his arrest for sexual battery. Bryce Marlatt was charged last week after being accused of making unwanted and inappropriate sexual advances toward a female Uber driver on the night of June 26 in Oklahoma City.
It was not the first time the thrice-elected Republican ran afoul of the law, either.
"Hey, you got nice t**s," Marlatt said to the 41-year-old Uber driver when she first picked him up at a restaurant on the night of the 26th, according to a court affidavit obtained by the website NewsOK.
KOCO News meanwhile reports that the senator reached forward from the backseat to grope the driver and kiss her on the neck while she drove him to an Oklahoma City hotel.
The driver complained to police on June 28, and later spoke to a police sex crimes detective on July 12, according to the website Tulsa World. Initial police reports blacked out the names of both the victim and the suspect, however, Marlatt's attorney later confirmed the senator as the accused party.
Six days after his arraignment, Marlatt gave notice Tuesday with a three-sentence resignation letter sent to Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin. "My service on behalf of the people of Northwest and the Panhandle of Oklahoma has been the privilege of my career," Marlatt wrote. "I would like to thank my constituents, friends and, most importantly, my family for the confidence they have placed in me and the kindness they have shown me during my tenure." His resignation was effective immediately.
The 40-year-old Marlatt was first elected to the Oklahoma Senate in 2008, later winning reelection by wide margins in 2012 and 2016. He is married and has three children with his wife Tatum, named Kade, Kole, and Kloey.
In December 2014, Marlatt was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after a sheriff's deputy found him asleep in his pick-up truck with the motor running on a country road near his home in Woodward County, Oklahoma. When asked if he'd been drinking, Marlatt reportedly replied, "No more than anyone else," according to Fox25 in Oklahoma City. He eventually pled no contest and received probation and a one-year deferred sentence.
Following his arraignment Tuesday morning, Marlatt was released after posting a $5,000 bond and is next due in court on October 12. If convicted, the maximum sentence for sexual battery is 10 years in prison.
"Sen. Bryce Marlatt made the right decision in resigning in light of the charges against him," said Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Schulz in a statement quoted by NewsOK. "We all must face the consequences of the decisions we make."
[Photo: Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office]
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