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Sheriff’s Department Sets Up Hotline For Harassment Complaints Against Filner

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego County Sheriff's Department will be the lead investigative agency for any sexual harassment complaints against San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, according to statements issued today by the department and District Attorney's Office.

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All of the accusations, statements and apologies from the key players in the developing story about allegations of sexual harassment in Mayor Bob Filner's office and calls from former mayoral supporters for his resignation.

The decision came following a discussion among area law enforcement leaders, according to the two agencies.

Sheriff Bill Gore called the allegations, publicly aired for the first time last week by three of Filner's former supporters, "extremely sensitive matters.'' He said the agency will not release details of ongoing investigations, and the alleged victims will be provided anonymity.

A hotline has been set up at (619) 481-0220. The Sheriff's Department said the number should only be used by those willing to come forward with information.

Any cases that arise will be handled by Capt. Duncan Fraser of the sheriff's Central Investigations unit.

"I very much welcome the fact that some of these allegations will finally be addressed by an appropriate investigative authority rather than by press conference and innuendo,'' Filner said. "As I have stated before, everyone deserves due process and I am encouraged an effort to implement that has begun.''

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Avatar for user 'Missionaccomplished'

Missionaccomplished | July 19, 2013 at 4:21 p.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

A hotline? Oh, yeah, like he was a serial harasser or what?

Duffy get a grip on yourself!

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ReasonableGuy | July 19, 2013 at 5:13 p.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

Missionaccomplished, surely you know that Sheriff Duffy has been out of office and dead for many years. Bill Gore is the current Sheriff of San Diego County.

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Peking_Duck_SD | July 19, 2013 at 5:38 p.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

This is utterly ridiculous.

This is basically our law enforcement agency saying "we don't have enough to charge him with anything now, so we are going to open-up a public telephone line hoping we can get something to take out the mayor".

Keep in mind the DA was an opponent of Filner's too and has made it clear she dislikes him.

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Avatar for user 'CaliforniaDefender'

CaliforniaDefender | July 19, 2013 at 6:41 p.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

So Duck and Mission, you don't think getting to the bottom of this is important?

I figured you would have supported (as I do) any effort made to give women a safe, protected, and confidential place to report abuse, but I guess not.

You want them to go through trial by media first. How progressive of you.

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | July 20, 2013 at 1:06 a.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

Umm, how about an investigation, CADef?

I thought we already had people allegedly subject to harassment, why can't they investigate those instead of opening a hotline, it makes them look DESPERATE and INCOMPETENT.

I've said clearly I believe Mr. Filner to be guilty of sexual harassment, however each day that goes by that produces no tangible non-hearsay evidence and each day that goes by where pathetic stunts like this are being done in lieu of providing hard evidence, the more I'm convinced he will actually beat this.

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