San Diego Council Candidate Pleads No Contest to Lewdness Charge
Monday, April 7, 2008
John Hartley was placed under citizen's arrest and booked into jail on March 27 after he was allegedly seen urinating into a cup and masturbating on a street in the upscale Kensington neighborhood near downtown. He was later released on $27,000 bail.
Hartley's attorney, Michael Pancer, entered the plea on his client's behalf at an arraignment hours after charges were filed. A misdemeanor charge of urinating in public was dismissed by Commissioner Robert C. Rice.
The candidate was sentenced to three years' probation and a $500 fine, according to Chris Morris, a supervising deputy in the city attorney's office who handled the case.
Messages left seeking comment from Hartley's campaign spokesman, Larry Remer, weren't immediately returned. Remer told the San Diego Union-Tribune in March that Hartley would stay in the race.
Hartley served on the council from 1989 to 1993. He is running in the June 3 election to replace termed-out Councilwoman Toni Atkins.
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