Possible Crime Cited in Nashville Mayor’s Affair

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The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation obtained nude photos of a woman taken on the phone of former Sgt. Rob Forrest, apparent evidence of his affair with Nashville Mayor Megan Barry while he was on duty as her bodyguard, The Tennessean reports. The photos are cited in an affidavit in support of a search warrant that Judge Steve Dozier signed seeking access to the contents of Barry’s cellphone. The affidavit cites explicit images of a woman’s body found on Forrest’s phone that appear to be taken while he was on out-of-town trips with the mayor. Also on Forrest’s phone, investigators have uncovered 260 deleted chats between that device and Barry’s phone number.

Based on the photos and deleted chats they discovered on Forrest’s phone, the bureau of investigation says it has probable cause to seek evidence they believe could show a crime was committed. The affidavit cites state statutes for misconduct of public officials and employees and theft of property. The allegations are the most serious yet since Barry admitted an affair with Forrest that began in the spring of 2016. Barry, a Democrat, has said she does not plan to resign. Barry said Thursday that “the allegations of photos taken of myself are very troubling if true.” She said, “they were taken without my knowledge or permission and a complete invasion of privacy.” She denied violating the law, saying that if there were any infractions, “they were in violating my personal rights.”

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