Megan Barry, Nashville mayor, resigns after affair, pleads guilty to theft

  • Megan Barry, Nashville mayor, resigns after affair, pleads guilty to theft

Megan Barry, Nashville mayor, resigns after affair, pleads guilty to theft

Barry resigned as mayor shortly after accepting a plea deal on theft charges that allegedly took place during her two-year affair with former Sgt. Rob Forrest.

In a plea agreement, the mayor admitted in court to a charge of felony theft of property over $10,000, according to a statement from the district attorney's office.

Democrat Megan Barry, the 54-year-old mayor of Nashville , Tennessee, had been fighting for her political life since admitting in January to the two-year extramarital affair with the chief of her personal 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. The affair prompted investigations into whether public funds were used as part of the relationship.

Barry will serve three years' probation and will have to repay the city $11,000.

The pleas came nearly one month after the two parties admitted to the affair. Barry said the affair began in spring 2016, an affidavit said.

The felony charge is related to the sex scandal, as the affair brought attention to travel and other expenses made while she and her bodyguard spent time together, according to the Tennessean.

Vice Mayor David Briley has already been sworn in to serve as mayor, but the city will hold an election in August to find the city's new mayor. The election to officially replace Barry will occur during the August 2 general election. But on Tuesday she said her time in office has concluded. This presumably was treated as evidence that the mayor herself had contrived to make the trip and arranged for Forrest's presence without a legitimate reason for it.

There's never a good time for a sex/financial scandal, but it was particularly bad timing for Barry, whose signature public transportation initiative is going before Nashville voters in May. "I thank you in advance for the support that I am sure you will give Mayor Briley in the weeks and the months ahead".

Metro Nashville Police records show Forrest's overtime more than doubled in the budget year after Barry was elected in September 2015.

The affair has also drawn scrutiny to the overtime the officer accrued while managing her detail. "As the mayor of Music City, she always came to shows". They also found nude photos on the sergeant's work phone, believed to be taken in 2017 while he was on duty, although the person in the photos was not publicly identified.