Arrested councilman attends to Metro Council meeting

Arrested councilman attends to Metro Council meeting (Image 1)

Metro Council member Brady Banks attended Tuesday's council meeting just days after police arrested him during a prostitution sting.

The District 4 councilman is charged with one count of patronizing prostitution.

According to a Davidson County arrest affidavit, Banks answered an ad placed on Backpage Escort Services and agreed to meet an undercover officer for sex.

Prosecutors said Banks agreed to pay $100.

Banks arrived at Tuesday's meeting shortly after it began and left just before it ended without making any comments to media.

Some of his fellow council members offered their support.  At-Large Councilwoman Megan Barry hugged Banks after he arrived.

“I appreciate Councilman Banks is going through a very difficult time right now with his family,” she said.  “I wanted to lend him my support and tell him I am thinking about him and his family.”

She continued, “I just hope and wish the best for them during this difficult time.”

District 5 Councilman Scott Davis sits next to Banks in the Council Chambers. He also offered his support.

“I have been praying for him and his family,” Davis said. “It seemed like the same old Brady to me. I am just going to continue to pray for him and his family.”

Following his arrest, Banks resigned from his position as outreach director of the Governor's Books from Birth Foundation.

The first term council member has not said if he will resign his council seat.

Councilwoman Barry said that is a decision that should come after Banks has had time to discuss the issue with his wife.

“I feel that now is not the right time we need to give him and his family some space to figure this out then Councilman Banks needs to figure out what he needs to do,” she said.

Councilman Davis added, “That is not my call because I am not him.”

According to a report in The Tennessean, Banks' pastor at Belle Meade United Methodist Church sent an email to members that said Banks would be seeking “help.”

Banks' wife is an associate pastor at the congregation.

Banks is due in General Sessions Court March 6..

In other business during the meeting, Metro Council approved two non binding resolutions in regards to Davidson County Clerk John Arriola.

One resolution called for the clerk's resignation.  The other requested he refund $40 gratuities collected from couples married by him from September 1, 2006 to July 30, 2011.

A state audit found he collected more than $119,000.  The audit also found discrepancies with payroll and a part time employee who was receiving full time benefits.

The resolutions follow a report by the state auditor and investigation by Tennessee Bureau of Investigation about practices inside the clerk's office.

The resolutions are non-binding and the council has no official power to force Arriola to resign.

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