Nashville Mayor Barry Quits in Plea Deal

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Nashville Mayor Megan Barry resigned on Tuesday amid a sex scandal involving her former head of security, The Tennessean reports. Barry, a Democrat, announced her resignation after she pleaded guilty in court as part of an agreement with District Attorney Glenn Funk to felony theft over $10,000 related to her affair with her former police bodyguard. Vice Mayor David Briley succeeds Barry as mayor. As part of her plea deal, Barry was sentenced to three years of probation and has agreed to reimburse the city $11,000 in unlawful expenses. A criminal investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation remains open.

Barry, with an emotional mayor’s office staff looking on, addressed reporters for just three minutes and did not respond to a barrage of questions. Barry’s resignation came five weeks after admitting on Jan. 31 to a nearly two-year affair with former police Sgt. Rob Forrest, who retired that same day. On Tuesday, Forrest also pleaded guilty to property theft and was sentenced to three years of probation. As part of his plea agreement, he’s required tor reimburse the city $45,000 that was paid to him as salary and/or overtime during times when he was not performing his duties as head of the mayor’ security detail.

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