Nashville mayor who admitted affair with bodyguard expected to resign

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The Democrat mayor is the first from Nashville to leave office before the end of their term in almost a century, per The Tennessean.

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

A local radio station tweeted Tuesday morning that a press conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. CST.

Tennessee state Senator Ken Yager (R- Kingston) was the first lawmaker to acknowledge the announcement on Twitter.

TBI investigators say they looked at Forrest's phone and his emails after Barry admitted publicly to the affair. They also highlighted hundreds of deleted phone chats on Forrest's phone.

The indictment comes days after a Nashville judge issued a search warrant at the request of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation seeking possession of Barry's cellphone.

This story is developing and will be updated as more information becomes available.

The Tennessean's Editorial Board called for her resignation in a stinging opinion column published on February 28.

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Barry, a Democrat, was elected in 2015.

She said the affair itself was discovered through conversations between their two spouses and personal conversations. She has agreed to reimburse the city of Nashville $11,000.

When Barry first admitted January 31 to having an affair with Sgt. Robert Forrest, she said she planned to stay in office.

Forrest, 58, was also married, but his wife dumped him and filed for divorce after learning of the adulterous romance. He headed her security detail at City Hall.

Ms. Barry, 54, a former corporate ethics and compliance officer, was known for her outspoken support of abortion rights and same-sex marriage. Both BARRY's and FORREST's pleas and sentences were the result of negotiated agreements with the DA's office.

Calls for Barry to resign have been popping up in yard signs around town in recent weeks, amid charges that the mayor's affair reveals poor judgment and possible conflicts of interest. The TBI said it has probable cause to seek the evidence. Two of his emails each contained one photo that showed a partially nude or fully naked woman, court documents say. The affidavit cites state statutes for misconduct of public officials and employees and theft of property.

She said nothing illegal happened and no policies were violated.

Barry routinely traveled without security before June 2016, records show.

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