State Sen. Bryce Marlatt was stripped Thursday of three leadership positions pending the outcome of a police sex crimes investigation.
"Further action may be taken as deemed necessary," Senate President Pro Tem Mike Schulz communicated in a communication to senate members.
Oklahoma City police are investigating Marlatt, R-Woodward, as a result of a complaint filed by an Uber transport driver on June 28.
A female driver told police he "made advances on her during transit," as she described in a police report. She specifically complained he grabbed her forcefully and kissed her on the neck while she was driving in Oklahoma City late June 26.
"As leader of the Oklahoma Senate, it is my expectation that every member conduct himself or herself in a manner that is above reproach," Schulz, R-Altus, wrote. "Allegations like those contained in the police report concerning Senator Marlatt are very serious in nature and are not tolerated. Effective immediately, Senator Marlatt is relieved of his Senate Chairmanship and Vice Chairmanships, pending the outcome of this active matter that is still being sorted out."
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