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Governor calls special election to replace former state sen. charged with sexual battery

Bryce Marlatt, 40, has been charged with sexual battery in Oklahoma County. (Oklahoma County Jail)

A special election has been called to replace a state senator that resigned after being charged with sexual battery.

Governor Mary Fallin says the primary election to replace Bryce Marlatt in Senate District 27 will be held Dec. 12. The special general election will then take place Feb. 13.

Filing for the election will take place Oct. 2-4. The district covers Beaver, Cimarron, Dewey, Ellis, Harper, Major, Texas, Woods and Woodward counties.

Marlatt resigned from his seat Sept. 12 after being charged with sexual battery. In June, police confirmed they were investigating Marlatt after a female Uber driver reported she had been assaulted by a passenger.

The victim told police she picked up the man at 10 p.m. and while she was driving him to a hotel on Northwest Expressway he began grabbing her forcefully and kissing her on the neck. The woman was able to garner information from the man and find a photo of him on the internet to show police.


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