UPATE: OK Sen. Marlatt Named as Suspect in Lewd Acts Case, Relieved Of Leadership Duties
Joe Denoyer - July 5, 2017 8:51 pm
The head of the Oklahoma Senate says a Republican state senator accused of grabbing an Uber driver and trying to kiss her on the neck while she drove him to a hotel is being relieved of his leadership duties while the allegations are being investigated.
In a letter sent to Senate members on Thursday, Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Schulz said the allegations against Sen. Bryce Marlatt are “very serious in nature and are not tolerated.”
Schulz said he planned to revoke Marlatt’s chairmanship of the Senate Energy Committee and his vice-chair position on two other panels pending an investigation into the allegations.
Marlatt’s attorney Robert Don Gifford said his client is “shocked” by the allegations.
OKLAHOMA CITY–Oklahoma State Senator, Bryce Marlatt, has been named as a suspect for alleged lewd acts against a female Uber driver.
According to the police report, an officer was approached at the Oncue at NW 23rd and Santa Fe by the Uber driver, who told him that she was unsure what she needed to do, but had been assaulted on Monday, June 26.
She stated that “she drives for Uber and was transporting a customer when he made advances on her during transit.”
The police report states the suspect “was grabbing her forcefully and kissing victim on the neck while she was driving.”
Investigators are still looking into the case and so far, Marlatt has not been arrested.
Sen. Marlatt’s attorney tells us he is shocked and surprised by the allegations and has asked his legal counsel to work with Uber to get to the bottom of this.