Nashville Mayor Pleads Guilty To Felony Theft, Admits Affair With Bodyguard

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Nashville Mayor Megan Barry has resigned after admitting she had an extramarital affair with her lead bodyguard and shortly after pleading guilty to a felony theft charge. Though the affair derailed her first term, her guilty plea has done severe damage to her political career. The plea came with an agreement to reimburse the city $11,000 and serve three years of unsupervised probation. Her alleged crime (a felony theft charge) was to have asked for reimbursement of travel expenses associated with an admitted affair with the chief of her security detail.

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.

The affidavit also said the TBI has found 260 deleted chats between Forrest's phone and Barry's phone number as well as 35 deleted call logs.

"The allegations of photos taken of myself are very troubling and infuriating if true", Barry said in a statement after the documents were released. A state law enforcement investigation found that Forrest took two photos of a nude woman believed to be Barry on his city-issued phone, an affidavit released February 22.

The Democrat mayor is the first from Nashville to leave office before the end of their term in almost a century, per The Tennessean.

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

Barry claimed at the time the affair was a personal matter that violated no laws or ethical standards, and refused to resign.

Apparently, the affair (which is said to have begun in the spring of 2016) is now over.

Barry is scheduled to issue a statement to the media at 10 a.m. CT at the Metro courthouse on Public Square. A lot of questions were raised among them being whether Sgt. Forrest's six-figure overtime pay over the three years was justified. And it's all something of a tragedy for progressive activists in Nashville and in Tennessee, who viewed Barry as having defied the cautious centrist template for Democrats in the state.

As a supporter of Megan Barry's work within her time in office, Maren Morris expressed her grief over the situation going on in Music City.

Barry is married to Bruce Barry, a Vanderbilt University professor and columnist for the Nashville Scene. He will be the eighth mayor of Nashville. Her 22-year-old son died last summer of an apparent drug overdose. She was sworn into office on September 25, 2015, and resigned March 6, 2018.

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