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TBI to investigate if Mayor Barry broke law during affair with bodyguard

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District Attorney General Glenn Funk District Attorney General Glenn Funk
Metro Police Sgt. Robert Forrest Metro Police Sgt. Robert Forrest

District Attorney General Glenn Funk has asked the TBI to investigate whether Nashville Mayor Megan Barry or others violated any criminal law, according to a statement from the D.A.’s office.

Funk has asked TBI Director Mark Gwyn to investigate whether Barry and/or others, including Sgt. Rob Forrest, violated any criminal law including misappropriation of public funds and official misconduct.

The TBI confirmed it will investigate.

On Thursday afternoon, Barry released a statement regarding the TBI investigation: 

“Earlier this morning, I spoke with General Funk and he informed me that he would be requesting a TBI investigation that could answer questions of legality in this matter. I will fully cooperate with this process, but as this is an ongoing investigation, I will have no further comments about this matter.” – Mayor Megan Barry

The chair of the Metro Council's Board of Ethical Conduct Chair said there had been no complaints filed against Barry or any former police agent assigned to her security detail.

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"As Chair of the Board, I can confirm that no complaint has been filed against the Mayor or any former police agent assigned to her security detail," Councilmember Sheri Weiner said in a release. "It is not the role of the Board or its members to initiate complaints.

"I will not comment on allegations, and will not draw conclusions on matters not before the Board."

Barry admitted on Wednesday that she had an extramarital affair with Sgt. Rob Forrest, a Metro Police officer in charge of the mayor's security detail, for more than two years. Forrest submitted a notice to retire on Jan. 17 effective on Wednesday (Jan. 31).

The News 4 I-Team found that Barry and Forrest took nine trips together – just the two of them – in 2017. Some of those locations included Athens, Greece, San Francisco and New York City, all tied to leadership or work-related trips.

On the nine trips when Barry and Forrest traveled alone, taxpayers paid more than $14,000 in travel costs.

Forrest has also earned more than $119,000 in overtime since 2015 when Barry took office.

RELATED DOCUMENTS: Mayor Megan Barry's travel schedule | Travel expenses for Mayor Megan Barry and Sgt. Rob Forrest | Mayor Megan Barry's calendar - Jan. 1, 2017-Jan. 26, 2018 | Sgt. Rob Forrest's retirement letter | Sgt. Rob Forrest's statement (1/31/18) | Board of Ethical Conduct Chair statement (2/1/18)

Forrest began serving in the mayor’s security detail under Mayor Bill Purcell. He continued in that role through Karl Dean’s term and with Barry until his retirement.

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