Nashville mayor resigns after pleading guilty to theft
Nashville mayor resigns after pleading guilty to theft
Sources: Nashville mayor expected to resign
08 March, 2018, 01:34
Her post came just a short while after Nashville's Tennessean newspaper broke the news that Barry pleaded guilty on Tuesday morning to felony theft of property of over $10,000 in relation to her recently revealed affair with her former police bodyguard, Sgt. Rob Forrest. In January, Barry admitted to almost a two-year-long affair with Sgt. Robert Forrest, a former member of the mayor's security detail. Instead of jail, Barry will serve three years of probation and agreed to repay the city $11,000 in reimbursement fees, although it was reported she spent almost $33,000 of the government's money.
According to CBS affiliate WTVF, District Attorney Glenn Funk had some witnesses lined up who could testify to the mayor's unlawful expenditure of over $60,000 of taxpayer's money. A result of an investigation into Barry's use of funds during their two-year affair. The Bureau found nude photos of a woman on Forrest's phone, though they did not say whether the woman in question was Barry. Barry admitted to the affair in an interview last month, saying she regretted it and asking for forgiveness from Nashville voters.
Barry claimed at the time the affair was a personal matter that violated no laws or ethical standards, and refused to resign. He was also given three years probation and as a term of that probation, he is required to reimburse Nashville $45,000 paid to him as a salary.
Nashville Mayor Megan Barry is expected to announce her resignation Tuesday morning. Forrest, who had spent more than 31 years with Metro Nashville Police and supervised the mayor's security detail over three administrations, has retired.
Although Barry had sky-high approval ratings in office, her policy agenda hit road blocks recently with the collapse of the Cloud Hill project to redevelop Greer Stadium and the mayor's unexpected proposal to end inpatient services at Nashville General Hospital.
According to NBC-affiliate WSMV-TV in Nashville, the press conference is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. EST.
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If Barry follows the conditions of her probation, the charge will be removed from her record. She said at the time she hoped to become a voice in the national debate over opioid addiction.
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