Nashville mayor resigns and pleads guilty to felony theft

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Megan Barry announced her resignation Tuesday on Twitter, following several weeks of controversy after she admitted to having an affair with her old head of security.

Despite the frank admission, Barry claimed the affair took place on her private time and did not involve any official time on her part or that of Sgt. Forrest.

She will reimburse the amount of money to the capital city of the US southern state of Tennessee and will be on probation for three years.

District Attorney General Glenn Funk said if the case had gone to trial, witnesses would have testified that no less than $60,000 Nashville city funds were used unlawfully in the case. In some instances, there were no events on Barry's calendar during hours Forrest earned overtime pay.

The affidavit also said the TBI has found 260 deleted chats between Forrest's phone and Barry's phone number as well as 35 deleted call logs. Barry admitted to the affair in an interview last month, saying she regretted it and asking for forgiveness from Nashville voters.

On February 23, Penny Genelle Nelson Forrest, 53, of Hermitage, Tennesse, filed for divorce in the Fourth Circuit Court, Davidson County at Nashville, from her husband, the now former Metro Nashville Police Department sergeant after learning of the admitted near two-year affair between her husband and the Mayor of Nashville. "We look forward to continuing the strong partnership we have with Metro, alongside Mayor David Briley, as we jointly work hard to move Nashville forward".

Barry admitted to the affair on January 31 but did not step down as mayor.

Barry was a rising Democratic star.

This morning BARRY pleaded guilty to felony theft, agreed to reimburse the city $11,000 in unlawful expenses, and was sentenced to three years probation.

Apparently, the affair (which is said to have begun in the spring of 2016) is now over. Furthermore, Barry will receive three years unsupervised probation.

MAY 10:Nashville Mayor Megan Barry speaks during the 3rd Annual GMA Honors on May 10, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Before the scandal broke Barry enjoyed a 70% approval rating, according to the Tennessean newspaper.

She is married to Bruce Barry, a Vanderbilt University professor.

She also tweeted out a similar sentiment, which links to another statement, also echoing the same feelings. Her office gave various and at times conflicting answers to explain why she didn't need security on earlier trips but did on others.