An Oklahoma state senator accused of grabbing his Uber driver’s head and kissing her neck whereas she was driving him, has been booked into county jail.
Republican state Sen. Bryce Marlatt, 40, was booked Tuesday morning on one felony rely of sexual battery. He has since been launched on a $5,000 bond.
The married father-of-four, from the western Oklahoma city of Woodward, was charged after the driver informed police he groped her after she picked him up from an Oklahoma City restaurant June 26. She says she observed him stumbling in the direction of her automotive when she pulled up outdoors.
‘He made a remark that if she labored for him then he would ‘really feel’ her up,’ Detective Natalie Cannon wrote within the police affidavit submitted with the prosecutors fees towards him on Wednesday.
Marlatt has beforehand stated he was shocked by the allegations, however neither he nor his lawyer instantly responded to phone messages Tuesday looking for remark.
If convicted, Marlatt faces as much as 10 years in jail.
Republican state Sen. Bryce Marlatt, 40, (pictured in May on the state Senate flooring) was booked Tuesday morning on one felony rely of sexual battery
Prosecutors charged Marlatt with sexual battery of an Uber driver in June. He celebrated his 21-year wedding ceremony anniversary the identical month (pictured together with his spouse Tatum who’s 39-years-previous)
The Uber driver stated the ordeal started when she picked up Marlatt at 10pm and was taking him to a lodge on Northwest Highway when he allegedly started grabbing and kissing her on her neck towards her will.
The senator additionally allegedly commented on her look and invited her again to his lodge to have a drink, to which the driver declined.
She stated she obtained sufficient details about the client’s background to look him up on-line later and discover a photograph of his to point out the police.
Marlatt, 40, is married and has 4 youngsters together with his spouse Tatum, 39. The couple celebrated their 21st anniversary final month.
The driver reported the incident to Oklahoma City police on June 28, two days after she says it occurred.
Family man: Bryce and Tatum Marlatt have 4 youngsters collectively (pictured)
The driver claimed Marlatt, 40, pictured on the state Capitol together with his giant household, forcibly kissed her on the neck whereas she was driving him to a lodge
Marlatt, who has been in he State Senate since 2008, has been booked into jail
The individual spoke on situation of anonymity as a result of the investigation is ongoing.
Marlatt didn’t touch upon the allegations, however his lawyer, Robert Don Gifford, advised tv station KFOR that his shopper ‘was shocked and stunned by the allegations’ and requested his authorized counsel to work with Uber to get to the underside of this.
Past troubles: In 2014, Marlatt was arrested after he was discovered handed out drunk behind the wheel of his pickup truck
Uber says the corporate is dedicated to the security of its associate drivers and is cooperating with police.
According to the incident report, the Uber driver approached a police officer in a grocery retailer and advised him she had been assaulted on June 26 by a buyer and wished to press fees.
On June 15, Marlatt despatched out a tweet gushing about his ‘lovely woman.’
‘Best spouse within the historical past of the world. Tatum, thanks for selecting me!’ he wrote.
Marlatt, a native of Woodward who had labored in advertising earlier than launching his political profession, was first elected to the Oklahoma State Senate in 2008 and gained a re-election final yr.
In 2014, Marlatt was arrested after he was discovered handed out drunk behind the wheel of his pickup truck on a native street.
Fox 25 reported he finally pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor cost of precise bodily management.