This past June, a Republican Oklahoma State Senator was accused of sexually assaulting his Uber driver. The senator, Bryce Marlatt, is a married man who attacked his 41-year-old female driver by “grabbing her forcefully and kissing her on the neck,” while she struggled to drive. “Hey, you got nice t*ts,” Marlatt said to the driver when he first got in the vehicle, reports NewsOK.
Now, Marlatt has retired amidst the controversy, reports The Raw Story after being released from the Oklahoma County Jail. The news comes a week after he was officially charged.
“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,” reports Oxygen.
“My service on behalf of the people of Northwest and the Panhandle of Oklahoma has been the privilege of my career, 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,” a disgraced Marlatt wrote in a letter to the Governor, reports NewsOK.
Marlatt’s attorney previously told KFOR News that Marlatt is “shocked by the allegations,” although it’s difficult to believe he’s truly shocked, considering this isn’t Marlatt’s first run-in with the law. He was elected to the state senate in 2008 and in 2014 he was arrested after police discovered him drunk, asleep, in a truck on the side of the road.
When asked if he had been drinking, Marlatt said, “No more than anybody else.” Then, when asked how many beers he’d had, Marlatt told police, “None. I had what you would call a bourbon and coke.” He pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor.
Marlatt may face as much as ten years in prison for the sexual battery, which would serve him right for his barbaric behavior. It’s disgusting that an elected official would think his power gives him immunity to attack women whenever he likes. Perhaps he heard our sexual predator president’s brags about violating women and felt compelled to emulate them. At the very least, both men belong behind bars.
Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.