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Oklahoma Senator Resigns Following Sexual Battery Charge

Oklahoma Senator Resigns Following Sexual Battery Chargeā€

A state senator charged with sexual battery resigned Tuesday, his attorney confirmed.

"My service on behalf of the people of Northwest and the panhandle of Oklahoma has been the privilege of my career", Marlatt wrote in a letter to Gov. Mary Fallin.

Marlatt is the third Republican Oklahoma state senator to face criminal charges this year.

The charge stems from a June 26 incident, when a 41-year-old female Uber driver picked up Marlatt at around 10 p.m. from a restaurant; the senator told her that she had nice breasts, according to court records obtained by Tulsa World, before he grabbed her head and kissed her. Bryce Marlatt now "is able to focus completely on his family and the legal matter before him".

Bryce Marlatt, 40, a Republican from the western Oklahoma city of Woodward, was booked into the Oklahoma County jail Tuesday morning and later released on a $5,000 bond.

He is accused of kissing an Uber driver who picked him up late from a restaurant on June 26 for transport to a bar near the Capitol.

Anderson said he had no further comment about the allegations against Marlatt.

If convicted, Marlatt faces up to 10 years in prison. The report alleges he grabbed the driver forcefully and kissed her on the neck while she was driving.

Marlatt was arrested in 2014 and charged with a misdemeanor count of being in control of his vehicle while intoxicated after a Woodward County sheriff's deputy reported finding him asleep in his running pickup truck on a country road.

Marlatt previously said he was shocked by the allegations.

A redacted report from the Oklahoma City Police Department outlines the accusations made against Marlatt. "(Marlatt) made comments to the victim asking her to go back to his hotel with him and to have a drink with him, which she declined". "Therefore, we are calling on the governor to promptly set a special election at the earliest possible date to fill Bryce Marlatt's now vacant seat", Oklahoma Senate Democratic Leader John Sparks said in a statement.

A federal grand jury indicted Shortey on four federal child sex crimes.

Former Sen. Kyle Loveless, R-Oklahoma City, resigned in April after allegations he diverted campaign funds to personal use.



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