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Forrest resigned from the Metro Nashville Police Department after Barry's admission. The plea came with an agreement to reimburse the city $11,000 and serve three years of unsupervised probation.

Barry pleaded guilty to felony theft of property over $10,000 charges.

District Attorney Glenn Funk argued that she had improperly used between $10,000 (£7,000) and $60,000 (£43,000) in city funds while carrying out an affair with the head of her security detail. The investigation into her relationship with Forrest uncovered some nude photos on Forrest's work cell phone which suggested the two had relations while the sergeant was still on duty. She formally stepped down during a press conference on Tuesday morning.

Last month, authorities charged in court documents that newly discovered nude cell phone photos may be evidence that Barry and Forrest were having an affair while he was being paid to be her bodyguard.

"In our 20 years in Nashville, the Predators have enjoyed great relationships with Mayors Phil Bredesen, Bill Purcell, Karl Dean and Megan Barry, highlighted most recently by our collaboration with city leadership at the 2016 All-Star Game and during our magical run during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs".

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Her resignation means that Vice Mayor David Briley will be sworn in as mayor. But soon enough the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation was checking into the possibility that the lovers had illegally financed their affair through expense reimbursements for travel on the taxpayer's dime. The review found, in some instances, there were no events on Barry's calendar during hours Forrest earned overtime pay.

Apparently, the affair (which is said to have begun in the spring of 2016) is now over.

In a statement on Tuesday, Barry, a Democrat, praised the city she led since 2015. Forrest, who is also married, retired January 17 after reports of the relationship emerged.

There's never a good time for a sex/financial scandal, but it was particularly bad timing for Barry, whose signature public transportation initiative is going before Nashville voters in May. Forrest broke the news to Barry, The Tennessean reports.

Barry is married to Bruce Barry, a Vanderbilt University professor and columnist for the Nashville Scene. Experienced Democratic party operative Sean Braisted serves as her campaign spokesman, and Claudia Huskey, also a veteran operative and former senior aide to Vice President Al Gore, is managing the effort.

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