While most people’s attention remains focused on the allegations of crime and corruption taking place in the White House, it’s important to remember that there are criminal politicians at every level of government. It has been reported that an Oklahoma state senator has resigned after being arrested for sexually assaulting a female Uber driver.
NewsOK reports that Bryce Marlatt allegedly told the female Uber driver, “Hey, you’ve got nice tits.” Another local outlet, KOCO News, reports that the senator leaned forward in his seat to grope and kiss the woman while she was driving him to his hotel in Oklahoma City.
The Uber driver filed her complaint on June 28 and spoke with a detective on July 12. The initial reports blacked out the name of the victim and the accused, but it was later revealed that the 40-year-old senator was the accused. For his part, Marlatt has since resigned from the state senate.
“My service on behalf of the people of Northwest and the Panhandle of Oklahoma has been the privilege of my career,” Marlatt wrote in his statement. “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.”
Marlatt was first elected to the state senate in 2008, going on to win re-election in 2012 and 2016. Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Schulz said that Marlatt made the right decision in choosing to resign.
This is not the first time the senator has had problems with the law. In 2014, he was charged with driving under the influence after a police officer found him asleep at the wheel of his truck with the engine running. When asked if he had been drinking, Marlatt replied “no more than anyone else.” He pleaded no contest and was released with probation and a deferred sentence of one year.
Following the recent charges against him, Marlatt was released from jail on a $5,000 bail. His court date is set for October 12. If he were to be found guilty then he could face up to ten years in prison for sexual battery
For more information, KOCO’s report can be seen below.
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