Ex-San Diego Mayor Filner To Be Sentenced For Grabbing, Fondling Women
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who pleaded guilty to grabbing and fondling three women while in office, will be sentenced Monday.
Filner, 71, will be placed on probation for three years and will avoid jail time, though he is expected to spend three months under home confinement.
According to the Attorney General's Office, Filner also will be barred from ever seeking or holding public office and required to undergo mental health treatment while under court supervision. If he violates probation, he would face up to six months in jail.
The former 10-term congressman pleaded guilty in October to one felony count of false imprisonment and two misdemeanor counts of battery.
Interim Mayor Todd Gloria, speaking at a news conference Thursday, said the city of San Diego has moved on after Filner's fall from grace.
"We are back in the business of serving the people of San Diego,'' Gloria said. "I'm glad the process is playing out and this matter will come to an end -- at least that component of it.''
Gloria said he won't be watching coverage of Filner's sentencing.
"I'll be focused on repairing the damage that was left by the Filner administration and move the city forward,'' he said.
Supervising Deputy Attorney General Melissa Mandel told Presiding Judge Robert Trentacosta in October that Filner, while attending a fundraiser with "Jane Doe 1'' on March 6, used "greater force than necessary'' to restrain her against her will and used additional force to overcome her resistance, in a move that became known as the "Filner headlock.''
Mandel said Filner used force and kissed "Jane Doe 2'' on the lips without her consent at a "Meet the Mayor'' event on April 6.
Filner also admitted grabbing "Jane Doe 3'' on the buttocks after she asked to take a picture with him at a May 25 rally at Fiesta Island.
Filner resigned Aug. 30, after nearly 20 women came forward with allegations that he had groped or sexually harassed them over several years.
One of those women was his former communications director, Irene McCormack Jackson, who has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against him.
Under the plea deal, Filner will have to surrender his mayoral pension accrued from the time of the felony offense— March 6 — through his resignation, according to the Attorney General's Office.
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