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Nashville mayor resigns after pleading guilty to felony theft

08 March, 2018, 01:34 | Author: Christina Hansen
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In January, Barry admitted to almost a two-year-long affair with Sgt. Robert Forrest, a former member of the mayor's security detail.

Barry will serve three years of probation and reimburse the city $11,000 in restitution.

Locals that spoke with News4 said they've been watching the growth and progress in the city and like the former mayor - though they're waiting to hear more about her felony charges.

District Attorney Glenn Funk argued that she had improperly used between $10,000 (£7,000) and $60,000 (£43,000) in city funds while carrying out an affair with the head of her security detail. However, since her affair was announced in January, investigations into Barry and Forrest's relationship were launched by several entities, including the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Nashville Metro Council.

"While my time today as your mayor concludes, my unwavering love and honest affection for this wonderful city and its great people never ends", Barry said at a news conference, according to the AP.

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Last month, authorities charged in court documents that newly discovered nude cell phone photos may be evidence that Barry and Forrest were having an affair while he was being paid to be her bodyguard.

Barry worked with a business-friendly, socially-progressive agenda and was known as a social mayor who could be seen at events across Nashville.

Barry claimed at the time the affair was a personal matter that violated no laws or ethical standards, and refused to resign. A lot of questions were raised among them being whether Sgt. Forrest's six-figure overtime pay over the three years was justified.

Megan Barry resigned from the office of mayor of Nashville Tuesday morning per conditions of a plea agreement for felony theft charges.

Forrest's overtime pay more than doubled from 2014-15 to the 2016-17 budget year, according to Metro Nashville Police records.

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According to The Tennessean, the two were often partaking in domestic and worldwide travel for work, which led Forrest to rack up $33,000 in expenses and $50,000 plus in overtime in 2017 on top of his $84,500 salary.

Barry said the affair began in spring 2016 and refused to say when the affair ended, just that it had. Barry, a Democrat, became mayor in September 2015.

The former lead body guard who had an extramarital affair with Nashville Mayor Megan Barry has pleaded guilty to theft of property.

For Barry personally, this calamity comes at the end of a bad stretch for her and her family.

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