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Dem Mayor Who Had Expensive Affair With Bodyguard Expected To Resign

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Henry Rodgers Capitol Hill Reporter
  • Democratic Nashville Mayor Megan Barry admitted to having an expensive affair
  • Barry may faces criminal charges for public official misconduct and theft of property
  • The mayor allegedly spent nearly $33,000 of the government’s money on her affair

Tennessee Democratic Mayor Megan Barry is expected to resign Tuesday after news broke she had an expensive affair with her head of security detail using taxpayer dollars.

The news comes as Tennessee Bureau of Investigation received the information that could lead to criminal charges against Barry, who reportedly faces criminal charges for misconduct of public officials and employees and theft of property. The Tennessean reports Barry is expected to announce her resignation at a press conference Tuesday morning amid the news.

Barry, who admitted she had an expensive affair with her head of security detail using taxpayer dollars, was reportedly in possession of nude photos of a woman taken on the phone of former Metro police Sgt. Rob Forrest, with whom she had an affair. The photos were allegedly taken when the mayor and Forrest were on a trip together. Barry also allegedly deleted text messages between her and Forrest.

The Democratic mayor, who is married, apologized for having an affair with Forrest and using nearly $33,000 of the government’s money on their travel expenses over the last 10 months. Barry claims that her trips as mayor of Nashville were for business, including trips to Paris and Athens. However, Barry does not think she improperly misused taxpayer money, NPR reported.

Nashville Judge Steve Dozier signed an affidavit in support of a search warrant for information on the mayor’s phone in reference to the affair she had using taxpayer dollars. (RELATED: Democratic Mayor May Face Criminal Charges After Nude Cellphone Photos And Deleted Chats Surface)

“A search of Megan Barry’s phone could reveal information that is crucial evidence for this case,” the affidavit stated. “In particular, data and information that has been deleted from Sgt. Forrest’s phone may still exist on Megan Barry’s phone.” (RELATED: Dem Mayor Admits She Had Expensive Affair With Head Of Security Detail)

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Democratic Vice Mayor David Briley will become acting mayor if Barry resigns, as expected.

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