Nashville mayor pleads guilty to felony and resigns Video

Nashville mayor pleads guilty to felony and resigns Video

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry is expected to announce her resignation at a news conference Tuesday morning, The Tennessean reports.

The resignation and plea agreement come after Barry announced that she had engaged in an extramarital affair with former Metro Police Sgt. Robert Forrest, who was in charge of her security detail at the time of the affair. Both she and Forrest have been sentenced to three years' probation. But she stepped down March 6 and pleaded guilty to a theft charge, according to an Associated Press report.

District Attorney General Glenn Funk said if the case had gone to trial, witnesses would have testified that no less than $60,000 Nashville city funds were used unlawfully in the case. One example includes Forrest receiving a six-figure salary from overtime that he earned while spending extra hours with Barry.

TBI investigators say they looked at Forrest's phone and his emails after Barry admitted publicly to the affair. A recent Vanderbilt University poll found that 61 percent of Nashvillians approved of Barry, and after her announcement, billboards sprung up across the city in support of the mayor.

Barry was just two and a half years into her first term as mayor. At least she made it warm for Vice Mayor David Briley who was officially sworn in as the new Mayor of Nashville. Barry denied those allegations in a statement in early February.

Barry, a Democrat, became mayor in 2015.

Apparently, the affair (which is said to have begun in the spring of 2016) is now over.

According to The Tennessean, the two were often partaking in domestic and worldwide travel for work, which led Forrest to rack up $33,000 in expenses and $50,000 plus in overtime in 2017 on top of his $84,500 salary.

MAY 10:Nashville Mayor Megan Barry speaks during the 3rd Annual GMA Honors on May 10, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. He will be the eighth mayor of Nashville. After 31 years with the police department, 14 of those years as supervisor of mayoral security, Forrest resigned that same day.

For Barry personally, this calamity comes at the end of a bad stretch for her and her family. 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. Her office released records of her text messages, calendar and travel expenses and records.