Nashville Mayor Megan Barry Resigns In Wake Of Extramarital Affair Revelation, Investigation

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry has resigned after admitting she had an extramarital affair with her lead bodyguard and shortly after pleading guilty to a felony theft charge.

The affair had ended, she said, and both of them were trying to mend their personal lives.

She faces three years of unsupervised probation and must reimburse the city $11,000 for what prosecutors called "unlawful expenditures".

Barry pleaded guilty to a charge of felony theft of more than $10,000.

Reports say Forrest earned more than $170,000 in overtime pay while serving Barry. During that time, their romantic affiliations allegedly occurred on the clock and therefore, resulted in the theft of property from the Metro Nashville city funds amounted to $10,000 spent in the relationship.

Barry was indicted just days after a judge in Nashville issued a search warrant based on a request from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation seeking to take possession of Barry's cell phone.

"The allegations of photos taken of myself are very troubling and infuriating if true", Barry said in a statement after the documents were released. She was facing multiple investigations regarding a suspicious amount of overtime Forrest drew while traveling with her on multiple trips overseas in her role as mayor.

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In downtown Nashville, you don't have to go far to see a project with Megan Barry's name on it, and there are scaffolds all across the city's skyline from work started during her time in office.

But Barry - who was elected as the city's first female mayor in September 2015 - refused to quit, insisting that no professional misconduct had taken place.

Barry admitted to the affair on January 31 but did not step down as mayor.

Before ascending to the mayorship, Barry was as an ethics and compliance officer at Premier Ethics and Compliance.

Prior to the affair, Barry was considered a rising progressive star in Nashville where she had approval ratings around 70 percent.

The mayor of Nashville resigned after a sex scandal. Forrest broke the news to Barry, The Tennessean reports. Like Barry, Forrest is expected serve no jail time and will receive three years of probation, The Tennessean reported.

She is married to Bruce Barry, a Vanderbilt University professor. Experienced Democratic party operative Sean Braisted serves as her campaign spokesman, and Claudia Huskey, also a veteran operative and former senior aide to Vice President Al Gore, is managing the effort.

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