The Metro Nashville police sergeant at the center of a controversial affair with Nashville Mayor Megan Barry responded after the news broke.
Barry said the affair was between "two middle-aged consenting adults, and it was a mistake to do this. And I am deeply sorry."
Sgt. Rob Forrest unexpectedly retired Tuesday after 31 years with the Metro Nashville Police Department.
"For over 31 years I have been honored to serve in the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department. I devoted 14 years of that time supervising the mayor's protective detail during three administrations.
I deeply regret that my professional relationship with Mayor Barry turned into a personal one. This has caused great pain for my wife, my family, friends and colleagues. At no time did I ever violate my oath as a police officer or engage in actions that would abuse the public trust.
I have recently retired from the police department. I hope that the media and public respect my privacy and that of my family as I seek to rebuild the trust of the ones I love the most."
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