Nashville mayor to resign after pleading guilty to theft charge

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Longtime Nashville mayoral bodyguard Sergeant Robert Downs Forrest Jr., who by default via his resignation admitted to having an affair with now-former Mayor Megan Barry, has pleaded guilty to theft and is being sued by his wife for divorce. Though the affair derailed her first term, her guilty plea has done severe damage to her political career.

She will reimburse the amount of money to the capital city of the USA southern state of Tennessee and will be on probation for three years.

In court, District Attorney General Glenn Funk said that had the case gone to trial, witnesses would have testified that between March 2016 and February 2018 Megan Barry caused over $10,000 and no less than $60,000 of Metro Nashville city funds to be expended unlawfully. Forrest also must reimburse the city for $45,000 in pay he received for times he wasn't performing his duties as part of Barry's security detail.

Summary: The mayor of Nashville, Tennessee resigned on Tuesday due to her misconduct as a result of her affair.

The resignation means that Vice Mayor David Briley will become acting mayor.

Barry has not said when the affair ended, only that it's over.

The expected resignation comes after the 54-year-old pleaded guilty to felony theft of property over $10,000 in relation to her admitted affair with her former police bodyguard.

Nashville has a new mayor. The affair reportedly began in the spring or summer of 2016.

Barry herself was booked on felony charges "like an ordinary criminal and [had] her mug shot taken", shortly after 11 a.m., as NewsChannel 5's Phil Williams reported on air. Forrest, who is also married, retired January 17 after reports of the relationship emerged. According to the newspaper, Forrest accompanied Barry on trips to Paris, Washington, New York, Denver, Oakland and other cities in the past year.

Elected in September 2015, Barry was praised by liberals and has been popular with Nashville residents.

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.

She is married to Bruce Barry, a Vanderbilt University professor. Barry also said she hopes her recent actions will not discredit the work she has done for the county. Her office gave various and at times conflicting answers to explain why she didn't need security on earlier trips but did on others.

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