Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nashville Mayor Resigns after Affair, Pleads Guilty to Theft

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nashville Mayor Resigns after Affair, Pleads Guilty to Theft

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. * Mayor Megan Barry, a onetime rising star in the Democratic Party with big plans to remake Nashville, resigned Tuesday after pleading guilty to cheating the city out of thousands of dollars as she carried on an affair with her bodyguard.

The resignation marked a swift fall for Barry, who stunned the city in January when she confessed to an extramarital relationship with the former head of her security detail.

"While my time today as your mayor concludes, my unwavering love and sincere affection for this wonderful city and its great people will never come to an end," Barry, 54, said at a news conference after appearing before a judge. She did not take questions.

Barry and her former bodyguard, police Sgt. Robert Forrest, pleaded guilty to felony theft. Barry's resignation was part of a plea bargain. She and Forrest were sentenced to three years' probation.

Barry also agreed to reimburse the city $11,000, while Forrest will return $45,000 that authorities said was paid in salary or overtime when he was not actually performing his duties as security chief. …

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