According to a Thursday report, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has received delicate information that could lead to criminal charges against Democratic Nashville Mayor Megan Barry. The reason? Because she reportedly faces criminal charges for theft of property and misconduct of public officials and employees.
Barry, who admitted she had an expensive affair with her head of security detail using taxpayer money, was reportedly in possession of naked pictures of a woman taken on the phone of former Sergeant Rob Forrest.
As reported in a previous article, this is the man she had an affair with. Barry, who is married, also allegedly deleted 260 text messages between her and the former Sergeant. In reference to the affair she had using taxpayer money, Nashville Judge Steve Dozier signed an affidavit in support of a search warrant for information on her phone.
Apparently, investigators obtained a search warrant and took possession of her phone on Friday. However, records show that the Tennessee mayor and her attorney have refused to share the passcode to unlock it.
The affidavit stated that a search of the mayor’s cellphone could reveal information that is significant evidence for this concerning case. In addition, this document pointed out that data and information that has been deleted from Forrest’s mobile device may still exist on the mayor’s phone.
Naturally, we’re talking about a very delicate situation in which this Democratic politician would have to resign. Otherwise, her image would get even more damaged and the Democratic Party could also face some ugly consequences.
As a matter of fact, it was already quite surprising when she refused to resign at the moment when the news about her extramarital affair was revealed to the public.
According to legal analysts, the most concerning element of the affidavit is the fact that it made extremely clear that text messages between the Democratic mayor and her security detail were deleted.
The document pointed out that the deleted chats and messages between Forrest and Barry, if recovered, could provide further evidence of their activities while the security detail reported being on duty.
A couple of weeks ago, when the affair was finally revealed, Barry apologized for cheating her husband and using almost $33,000 of the government’s money on their travel expenses over the last 10 months.
However, what seems quite incredible about this particular detail is the fact that the mayor doesn’t think that she improperly misused taxpayer’s dollars.
Soon after the affair was revealed, Barry said that she felt extremely sad and embarrassed because of the way she caused so much pain to her family and “his” family. Naturally, she was referring to Forrest.
After that, she said that while she believes God will forgive her, Nashville doesn’t have to. Moreover, she expressed her hope for earning her voters’ trust back and to receive total forgiveness for what she did. So, she basically expects to get a free pass for adultery.
Believe it or not, the Democrat refused to say anything related to a possible resignation, regardless of the unsavory details of this unpleasant scandal.
As a matter of fact, she hasn’t said anything about it since the information was revealed, this being a major failure that her political rivals are already exploiting.
In addition to Paris and Athens, different reports informed that the Democratic mayor also traveled with her security detail to Denver, Washington, D.C., Salt Lake City, Denver, Kansas City, New York, and Oakland.
In addition to refusing to mention anything about a possible resignation, another controversial detail about Barry’s statement is the fact that she claimed law enforcement set the policy for her coverage and that her lover’s protection was quite necessary on her trips.
According to her words, she had a very aggressive schedule as a mayor. She pointed out that the way she’s always out in the community is perfectly reflected with the overtime that has been billed to her detail.
Also, she explained that the police set the policy for the kind of detail coverage that she needs to get. Finally, she repeated that she have taken trips that have included detail and that those trips were only for business.
As reported by different media outlets, she could lose her position as mayor of Nashville and face serious criminal charges if found guilty.