Former Nashville Mayor, head of security plead guilty to theft charges

Former head of security Rob Forrest and former Mayor Megan Barry

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Nashville District Attorney Glenn Funk has announced the terms of plea agreements by former Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and her former head of security Robert Forrest.

Forrest entered a conditional guilty plea to theft of property over $10,000. As a term of his probation, he will reimburse the city $45,000 paid to him as salary and overtime when he was not actually working as the mayor's security detail. Forrest will also serve three years probation.

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Earlier on Tuesday morning, Mayor Barry conditionally pleaded guilty to theft of property over $10,000. She will pay restitution of $11,000 for "unlawful expenditures."

The DA's office said Forrest admitted that he improperly received more than $10,000 in city compensation for time reported as work hours, which were actually personal time with Megan Barry. According to the DA, Megan Barry’s personal time did not involve the duties of her office or her official capacity, which is why she was charged with and pleaded guilty to theft of property.

Barry will also be subjected to three years probation. The DA's office said since she paid the restitution, Barry will be on unsupervised probation. This means she will not have a probation officer and her travel within the U.S. is not restricted.

If both successfully complete probation, their conditional pleas mean they can petition the court to have the charges removed from criminal record.

The DA's office said Funk met with the TBI on Tuesday and informed the agency that its investigation may be closed. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation ended its investigation on Tuesday.

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