Nashville mayor quits over bodyguard sex scandal

Brenda Watkins
March 9, 2018

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry resigned Tuesday after pleading guilty to felony theft charges.

The telegenic former chief executive of country music's hometown was booked Tuesday before she pleaded guilty to misappropriating more than $10,000 in city funds to carry on her scandalous affair with Robert Forrest, who supervised the mayor's security detail. The resignation marked a swift fall for Barry, who stunned the city in late January when she confessed to an extramarital relationship with the former head of her security detail.

When the story of Barry's two-year affair with Sergeant Robert Forrest Jr., first broke, she admitted it pretty quickly.

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 had been facing several investigations since the affair came to light. Barry said their affair began in the spring of 2016, according to court papers.

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Barry pleaded guilty to theft Tuesday as well and also resigned as mayor of Nashville Tuesday morning.

The resignation puts Vice Mayor David Briley into the mayor's post.

The revelation of the affair led to an internal investigation, which found probable cause that a nude photo and partially nude photo of a woman found on Forrest's work cellphone were taken while he was working and the two were engaging in their relationship while he was on duty. Forrest and Barry went on 10 city-funded trips with no other staff from the mayor's office present, according to The Tennessean. The election to officially replace Barry will occur during the August 2 general election. When Barry traveled to San Francisco, Kansas City and Athens, Greece, she was accompanied by Forrest and admitted to staying beyond the time needed to attend to official events.

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. His vice unit was shutting down massage parlors, doing a thankless job that ultimately made Nashville safer and more livable. Forest pleaded guilty to a similar charge, and also received three years of probation. In addition to this, Forrest gained $173,843.13 in overtime pay from July 2015 to January 2017. "That work will be transparent and be conducted with every effort to restore public trust, and move our great city forward".

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