Oklahoma police have arrested a state senator after he allegedly groped and kissed an Uber driver without her consent, according to The Oklahoman.
The Guymon Daily Herald reports that the sexual assault accusations were made against Republican Senator Bryce Marlatt, 40, in June. A police report claims that Marlatt grabbed the driver and forcibly kissed her on the neck as she was driving.
The driver reported the alleged assault to police and the married father-of-four was charged with felony sexual battery earlier this month, an arrest report indicates.
Marlatt, who has served in the Oklahoma Senate since 2008, has denied the accusations. At the time of the initial charge, his attorney told KFOR that his client was shocked by the claims and that Marlatt asked his legal counsel to work with Uber to get the truth.
Uber spokesperson Kayla Whaling provided the local station with a statement on the matter.
“What’s been reported is not tolerated and has no place on the Uber app,” it read. “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.”
Marlatt was released from the Oklahoma County jail after posting a $5,000 bond. His next court date is scheduled for October 12.
The Oklahoman noted that the senator faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of sexual battery.
This isn’t the politician’s first brush with the law. In 2014, he pleaded no contest after being found passed out behind the wheel of a car, court records note.
KOKI reported that an officer asked Marlatt if he’d been drinking, to which he allegedly responded, “No more than anyone else.”
[Featured Image: Oklahoma City Police Department]