Bryce Marlatt

Political Scandals, Special Elections & Special Session

Sep 15, 2017

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and Norman Democratic Representative Emily Virgin (sitting in for Ryan Kiesel) about the scandals involving Woodward Republican Senator Bryce Marlatt for allegations of sexual battery against an Uber driver and former Governor Fallin Aide Travis Brauer who is charged with evidence tampering in accusations of taking photos up a woman's skirt during a committee meeting.

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:

A Republican state senator from Woodward has been charged with sexual battery over an incident with an Uber driver in June.

State Sen. Bryce Marlatt was charged with a felony in Oklahoma County District Court Wednesday, following an investigation by the Oklahoma City Police Department. Maximum punishment for sexual battery is ten years in prison.

Headlines for Tuesday, June 30, 2015:

  • Oklahoma is prepared to move forward with three previously scheduled executions. (NewsOK)
  • Two new plaintiffs join in the fight against Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz. (Tulsa World)

  • The US Supreme Court strikes down the EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxic Standards. (NewsOK)

Headlines for Thursday, December 4, 2014:

  • A controversial high school playoff game won’t get replayed despite protestations from the NAACP and Oklahoma City lawmakers. (NewsOK)

  • Lawmakers are getting ready for the upcoming legislative session which starts February 2. (Journal Record)

  • A former Norman High School student accused of rape gets arraigned. (News9)