Nashville mayor to resign after pleading guilty to theft charge

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

Barry has remained adamant that she will not resign from her position as mayor. She agreed to reimburse the city of Nashville $11,000 and serve three years of probation.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation did not identify the woman in the photos and Barry has said that if the photos are of her, they were taken without her knowledge or permission.

During her initial disclosure of the relationship on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31st, BARRY made assurances that no laws were broken as a result of a two-year personal liaison with NASHVILLE METRO police Sergeant ROB FORREST.

The photos were discovered in Forrest's work email, the filings state.

Barry also has been hit with an ethics complaint from social activists who have alleged that, because of her affair with Forrest, the mayor was conflicted when she made decisions related to police. Barry is expected to resign and Vice Mayor David Briley (D.) will be sworn in later in the afternoon. 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, 54, was riding high when news broke in late January that she had been having an affair with Forrest. "Nashville, with its boundless energy, its infectious optimism, it has never encountered an obstacle it couldn't overcome, will in the years ahead continue its steady march toward the very top of the list of great American cities", she said, the paper reported. Barry admitted that on city business trips, she spent more time than was necessary in particular locations with Forrest - while taxpayer dollars paid for the expenses. She admitted to stealing thousands of dollars while carrying on her affair with Forrest, though the details of how she stole the money is now unknown.

The last Nashville mayor to leave office before their term expired was in 1923 - decades before the formation of Metro government - when Mayor Felix Z. Wilson was kicked out of office by the Nashville City Council. She refused to say when it ended, but said when she announced the affair that it was over. She was the point person for a $5.4 billion transit plan that Nashville voters will consider in a citywide referendum in May.

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