A rising star in the Democratic party crashed hard today, pleading guilty to a felony in court and resigning as mayor of a major American city.
Megan Barry, the mayor of Nashville, Tennessee, pleaded guilty in court today to stealing over $10,000 in city funds, a felony. The funds were used as part of her covert affair with the head of her security detail. As part of of her guilty plea, she agreed to resign her office, pay restitution to the city, and be sentenced to three years of probation.
The funds she stole from the city were used on travel expenses and overtime, to ensure Forrest was with her on her travels.
Here is her mugshot, taken after she submitted her plea.
The telegenic former chief executive of country music’s hometown was booked Tuesday before she pleaded guilty to misappropriating more than $10,000 in city funds to carry on her scandalous affair with Robert Forrest, who supervised the mayor’s security detail. Barry, 54, announced her resignation soon after.
“While my time as your mayor concludes today, my unwavering love and sincere affection for this wonderful city and its great people shall never come to an end,” an emotional Barry said as she resigned.
She concluded: “God bless this wonderful city. I love you Nashville.”
Earlier Tuesday, Barry agreed to reimburse the city $11,000 in restitution, and serve three years of probation after pleading guilty to criminal theft.
“Thank you judge,” she said after entering the plea in a Nashville courtroom. “I appreciate you.”
In an unusual move, District Attorney Glenn Funk handled the case personally, the Tennessean reported. He said that “had this case gone to trial, witnesses are available who would testify that in March 2016 and January 2018 Megan Barry caused over $10G but less than $60G in Metro Nashville city funds to be expended unlawfully on Mr. Robert Forrest.”