OK Sen. Marlatt Named as Suspect in Lewd Acts Case


Bryce Marlatt (R-Woodward) is reportedly under investigation after an Uber driver accused him of touching her inappropriately while she was dropping him off at a hotel.

Sen. Bryce Marlatt, R-Woodward, is accused of grabbing the driver forcefully and kissing her on the neck while she was driving late June 26.

The driver approached an officer on Monday, explaining that she "was transporting a customer when he made advances on her during transit", according to the police report. Two days later, she reported the incident to the authorities and claimed she was "unsure what she needed to do", according to police report. The state senator's attorney told KFOR that he was "shocked" and "surprised" by the allegations.

Since Uber logs every driver's every passenger, it seems like it would be pretty easy to confirm whether the creep-in-question was Marlatt.

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"He was really wants to get to the bottom of this. We're trying to get to the bottom of this and figure out what's going on", Gifford said.

They also condemned the incident.

"What's been reported is not tolerated and has no place on the Uber app", the company said in a statement to BuzzFeed News. "We are committed to the safety and security of all our partner drivers and riders and are working with the Oklahoma City Police Department to provide them any information that would be helpful for their active investigation".

Investigators are still looking into the case and so far, Marlatt has not been arrested. When asked if he'd been drinking, police said Marlatt replied: "No more than anyone else". I had what you would call a bourbon and Coke.