A judge has signed off on search warrants for the electronic equipment of Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and retired Metro Nashville Police Sgt. Rob Forrest. On January 31, Barry admitted that she had conducted a two-year-long extramarital affair with Forrest, who served as her bodyguard.
“Authorities believe that Forrest took two photos of a nude woman who is believed to be Barry on his police department-issued cell phone. He allegedly sent the pictures to himself to his MNPD email,” WSMV reported on Thursday.
“Police also found there could be deleted phone logs and hundreds of deleted chats between Forrest and Barry on at least one of the devices that were being searched,” WSMV noted, adding:
The warrants specifically asked for records from a silver Apple iPhone 6s Plus and two black Apple iPhone 7 Plus devices.
The warrants were approved on Feb. 16 by Criminal Court Judge Steve Dozier and were returned on Thursday to the Davidson County Criminal Court Clerk’s office.
“Within the search warrant, a special agent with the TBI mentions an email sent from Sgt. Forrest’s work email address that included a photo of a nude female lying on the bed with a black purse next to her,” WKRN reported.
That email was sent on May 15, 2017 and Mayor Barry was later photographed with what is believed the same black purse. Forrest’s police-issued cell phone was taken into possession by the TBI earlier this month.
The search warrants also revealed that during the first six months of her administration, Mayor Barry did not travel with security.
The Tennessean reported Thursday afternoon that “nude cell phone photos, deleted chats, may show evidence of crime.”
“I would refer all questions about the TBI investigation to the TBI or Mayor Barry’s attorney, Jerry Martin,” Mayor Barry’s spokesperson Sean Braisted told The Tennessee Star when asked to confirm or deny reports that Mayor Barry was the nude woman in the emailed photo and if she was reconsidering her decision not to resign.