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Nashville mayor resigns after pleading guilty to theft

Megan Barry received three years of probation.

Posted: Mar. 6, 2018 9:39 AM
Updated: Mar. 6, 2018 1:07 PM

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry resigned Tuesday morning after pleading guilty to felony theft in a Davidson County courtroom.

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Barry pleaded guilty to theft of more than $10,000 and received three years of probation, according to Nashville ABC affiliate WKRN. She also had to resign as mayor and was ordered to pay $11,000 in restitution.

About an hour later she held a news conference to announce her resignation.

Barry had been under fire since she admitted having an extramarital affair with her former head of security, Robert Forrest. Barry had said nothing illegal took place during the affair, which began in 2015 and has since ended.

Prosecutors said in court Tuesday that Barry caused between $10,000 and $60,000 in Metro Nashville money to be misspent.

Forrest also pleaded guilt to theft Tuesday morning, shortly after Barry pleaded guilty to the same charge and announced her resignation.

According to a statement from District Attorney Glenn Funk, Forrest was sentenced to three years of probation. Forrest also must reimburse the city for $45,000 in pay he received for times he wasn't performing his duties as part of Barry's security detail.

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