US Nashville mayor resigns over theft, extramarital affair

Mar 08, 2018, 01:28
US Nashville mayor resigns over theft, extramarital affair

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, who grew up in Overland Park, has agreed to step down amid controversy over an affair with her bodyguard. Barry also allegedly deleted text messages between her and Forrest.

As part of the plea deals both had negotiated, Davidson County District Attorney General Glenn Funk said in a statement that Barry and Forrest could petition the court to expunge their criminal records if they successfully complete probation.

"Barry appeared in court Tuesday morning and pleaded guilty to theft of property over $10,000 - a Class C Felony". That spending was likely related to travel and overtime costs incurred by Forrest as he guarded Barry on the road.

The TBI confirmed it was investigating whether Barry or Forrest misappropriated public funds or engaged in official misconduct.

Authorities found two nude or partially nude photos of a woman that were taken by Forrest's phone while he was on duty.

"In our 20 years in Nashville, the Predators have enjoyed great relationships with Mayors Phil Bredesen, Bill Purcell, Karl Dean and Megan Barry, highlighted most recently by our collaboration with city leadership at the 2016 All-Star Game and during our magical run during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs".

Vice Mayor David Briley is expected to take office immediately after being sworn in.

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony theft for spending more than $10,000 worth of government money, but will serve no time in jail. Furthermore, Barry will receive three years unsupervised probation.

Barry, a Democrat, became mayor in 2015. After 31 years with the police department, 14 of those years as supervisor of mayoral security, Forrest resigned that same day.

The affair began sometime in spring 2016, Barry said.

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.

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

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. Her office gave various and at times conflicting answers to explain why she didn't need security on earlier trips but did on others.