Published: Wed, March 07, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Nashville mayor pleads guilty to theft, quits over bodyguard sex scandal

Nashville mayor pleads guilty to theft, quits over bodyguard sex scandal

Barry has served as mayor since 2015, and during that time she has faced family tragedy.

"I think you in advance for the support I am sure you will give Mayor Briley in the weeks ahead", Barry, aged 54, said at a local press conference Tuesday morning, urging residents to rally behind her successor.

She concluded: "God bless this wonderful city. I felt safer as an artist in Nashville", Morris admitted via Twitter. Barry wished him and others well as she resigned.

At a news conference later that morning, she thanked her supporters and called it a privilege to serve as mayor.

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According to the Tennessean, District Attorney Glenn Funk handled the case, and he said that "had this case gone to trial, witnesses are available who would testify that in March 2016 and January 2018 Megan Barry caused over $10G but less than $60G in Metro Nashville city funds to be expended unlawfully on Mr. Robert Forrest".

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, who grew up in Overland Park, has agreed to step down amid controversy over an affair with her bodyguard.

Elected in 2015, Barry maintained a high profile in the city, appearing routinely at concerts and other events and spearheading a successful effort to bring professional soccer to Nashville. As a term and condition of his probation, he will be required to reimburse the City of Nashville $45,000. Both she and Forrest have been sentenced to three years' probation.

Vice Mayor David Briley will take over as mayor starting today, Tuesday. Barry admitted to the affair in an interview last month, saying she regretted it and asking for forgiveness from Nashville voters. "After that time, she will be able to apply to have it expunged from her record", NewsChannel 5 reported shortly after 9:30 am on Tuesday. She said Barry was calm and polite when he spoke with her. Forrest broke the news to Barry, The Tennessean reports.

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

Forrest resigned from the police department after Barry admitted their extramarital relationship to NewsChannel 5 Investigates almost five weeks ago. A lot of questions were raised among them being whether Sgt. Forrest's six-figure overtime pay over the three years was justified. Barry admitted that on city business trips, she spent more time than was necessary in particular locations with Forrest - while taxpayer dollars paid for the expenses.

In addition, a group of local activists has filed an ethics complaint against Barry.

The city's law department director claims the decision to hire Amos was his.

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