In the wake of a scandalous affair, Megan Barry has now resigned as mayor of Nashville. Her resignation comes as part of a plea deal on felony theft charges related to her extramarital relationship with her police security detail, Sgt. Robert Forrest.
This morning, March 6, 2018, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry made a plea deal on felony theft charges. Then, at a news conference following her court appearance, Barry resigned as mayor.
On January 31, 2018, Barry publicly admitted she’d been having an affair with her police bodyguard at the time, Sgt. Robert Forrest. The felony charges she pleaded to this morning were related to this extramarital relationship.
Theft Charges Against Megan Barry
District Attorney General Glenn Funk reportedly had witnesses lined up to testify to accusations of theft against Barry adding up to $10,000 to $60,000, if the case had gone to trial.
The theft is alleged to have occurred between March 2016 and February 2018. It consists of time Forrest spent engaging in the affair with the now-former Nashville mayor; time that he was being paid for out of Metro Nashville funds.
For example, the investigation of the affair uncovered that at least two inappropriate photos were taken on Forrest’s phone while he was supposed to be working. One photo of a partially clad woman and one of a naked woman.
However, Barry claims not to have knowledge of these photos. And she wasn’t officially identified as the woman pictured in them.
There were also trips paid for by the city that Barry went on, accompanied by her bodyguard, Forrest, who we now know she was engaging in an affair with.
Moreover, according to police records, Sgt. Forrest’s overtime hours increased by at least double after police began security duty for Barry.
As part of her plea deal on the felony theft charges, Barry agreed to resign as mayor of Nashville. She was sentenced to three years of probation. Barry also must pay restitution to the city in the amount of $11,000.
Megan Barry Resigns as Nashville Mayor
At the brief press conference this morning, following her plea deal with the court, Barry made her resignation official by saying, “While my time today as your mayor concludes, my unwavering love and sincere affection for this wonderful city and its great people will never come to an end.”
“…I sincerely hope and believe that my own actions will not tarnish or otherwise detract from all the great work that they do,” Barry continued.
Before leaving the podium, Barry said, “God bless this wonderful city. I love you, Nashville.”
The now-former mayor did not reply to any questions from the press.
With Barry resigning, Vice-Mayor C. David Briley will be stepping into her shoes as the new Nashville mayor. He will be sworn into office in later today.