Nashville Mayor Resigns After Felony Sex Scandal

Nashville Mayor Resigns After Felony Sex Scandal

On Jan. 31, she admitted a almost two-year extramarital affair with police Sgt. Rob Forrest, who is now retired, in the wake of multiple investigations. She will pay $11,000 in restitution and serve three years' probation.

Locals that spoke with News4 said they've been watching the growth and progress in the city and like the former mayor - though they're waiting to hear more about her felony charges.

Taking the unusual step of appearing himself in court, instead of assigning a deputy, District Attorney Glenn Funk 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 10K but less than 60K in Metro Nashville city funds to be expended unlawfully on Mr. Robert Forrest".

Reports say Forrest earned more than $170,000 in overtime pay while serving Barry.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation had been investigating Barry's relationship with Forrest since the married mayor confirmed this year the two had an affair in 2016.

"God bless this wonderful city, I love you Nashville", said Barry as she ended her press conference.

Investigators found nude photos of Barry on Forrest's phone that were taken while he was accompanying the mayor on supposed city business.

For the first time in almost 100 years, the mayor of Nashville, Tennessee, will leave office early. She will be immediately replaced by the city's vice mayor.

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While the mayor denied violating any laws or policies, documents released by the city in the days following Barry's admission show multiple potential problems.

Barry's exit comes after she admitted January 31 to a almost two-year affair with Forrest, who retired that same day.

The mayor of Nashville resigned after a sex scandal.

The first female mayor of America's country music capital resigned from office Tuesday after pleading guilty to a criminal charge in connection with a long-running affair with her bodyguard.

A special election will be held in August to elect a mayor to serve out the remainder of Barry's term. Reports also allege that Barry and Forrest often traveled alone without additional security or staff.

Barry's reputation as a local progressive stems in part from the company she keeps.

Barry made headlines last year after she revealed that her 22-year-old son had died from an opioid drug overdose in July 2017. 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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