Sen. Bryce Marlatt Resigns Amid Sexual Battery Charges

Sep 13, 2017

Oklahoma state Senator Bryce Marlatt (R-Woodward) has resigned, effective immediately.

Marlatt was accused of forcefully grabbing his Uber driver and kissing her neck while she was driving him to an Oklahoma City bar on June 26.

The 40-year-old from Woodward was booked into the Oklahoma jail Tuesday morning on one felony count of sexual battery and released on a $5,000 bond. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison.

Marlatt is the seventh lawmaker to resign or announce his resignation since November. The other six include:

Along with the April death of Rep. David Brumbaugh, that adds up to eight House and Senate seats that have been or will need to be filled through special elections in 2017.

Governor Mary Fallin will have to set a date for a special election to replace Marlatt.

In June, The Journal Record reported the cost for special elections in Oklahoma this year could be as much as $200,000. A special election to replace Marlatt could increase that number by as much as $44,000.