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Ex-Mayor Filner Completes 90 Days Of House Arrest

Disgraced former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner on Monday was free to leave his downtown residential building for the first time in three months, having completed 90 days of house arrest.

The period of home confinement, which included GPS monitoring, was the result of the 71-year-old's guilty pleas last fall to false imprisonment and battery, stemming from allegations of sexual harassment by three women. The improprieties led the former Democratic congressman to leave office last Aug. 30.

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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.

Though no longer on house arrest, Filner remains on three years' probation.

Eighteen months after his sentencing, Filner can apply to have his probation reduced to informal probation. He can also petition to have his felony conviction reduced to a misdemeanor. Filner was required to undergo mental health treatment while under court supervision. He also was fined $1,500.

According to a sentencing memorandum submitted by his defense team, Filner — once he became mayor — failed to keep up "with his longstanding exercise regimen and course of psychiatric counseling and medications that had been prescribed by congressional doctors to help stabilize his mood and safeguard his mental health.

"The sudden disruption in his medications, coupled with longstanding issues of anxiety and the stress of assuming a new, intensely political executive position substantially contributed to conduct, described in the probation officer's report, which has brought Mr. Filner before this court," according to the defense memo.

Related story: 1 Year Later: How Filner Sexual Harassment Scandal Impacted San Diego

Supervising state Deputy Attorney General Melissa Mandel told Presiding Judge Robert Trentacosta in October that Filner, while attending a fundraiser on March 6 of last year used "greater force than necessary" to restrain a woman against her will and used additional force to overcome her resistance in a move that became known as the "Filner headlock."

Mandel said he used force and kissed another woman on the lips without her consent at a "Meet the Mayor" event on April 6, 2013.

Filner also admitted grabbing a third woman on the buttocks after she asked to take a picture with him at a May 25 rally at Fiesta Island.

More than a dozen other women also accused Filner of sexual harassment of varying degrees but were not party to the criminal action taken against him.

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Avatar for user 'muckapoo1'

muckapoo1 | April 7, 2014 at 2:21 p.m. ― 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Tough sentence. Living in a luxury apartment complex, complete with pool, spa and exercise room. Meanwhile, the city is on the hook for millions in punitive damages. What a joke.

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Mmikey | April 7, 2014 at 2:42 p.m. ― 4 months, 3 weeks ago

warn the grannies he is on the lose

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muckapoo1 | April 7, 2014 at 4:24 p.m. ― 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Does he have to register as a sexual offender? If not, why not?

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Mmikey | April 8, 2014 at 7:29 a.m. ― 4 months, 3 weeks ago

"Does he have to register as a sexual offender? If not, why not?

good question, probably he has some dirt on other politicians and is getting special treatment.

word is he will be allowed to attempt to run for public office eventually too.

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Missionaccomplished | April 8, 2014 at 8:57 a.m. ― 4 months, 3 weeks ago

_ckkkapoop1, just because YOU live in a trailer parkkk, doesn't mean everyone else is at your level.

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muckapoo1 | April 8, 2014 at 10:06 a.m. ― 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Mission seems to be very sensitive to the sexual offender comment. ?????????

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Peking_Duck_SD | April 8, 2014 at 10:17 a.m. ― 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Muchapoo, what Filner did was indeed wrong, but let's keep it in perspective.

He put someone in a headlock, asked for a kiss, and I think asked a lady about her underwear or something.

Inappropriate, yes.

Deserving of jail and sex offender registration?

NO.

Give me a break, this country is so hyper-sexual and obcessed with sex crimes, and your comments clearly reveal this obcession.

The sex offender registry has become meaningless because it doesn't distringuish between severity of crimes. Serial child molesters and violent rapists alongside statuatory rape cases and people who urinated in public near a school.

And now you want someone who made some off-color remarks and used a cheesy headlock bit at a party to flirt to be on there?

Ridiculous.

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Peking_Duck_SD | April 8, 2014 at 10:24 a.m. ― 4 months, 3 weeks ago

I for one hope Mr. Filner gets his life back on track and is able to move on from this.

With what we have lurking at the helm in city hall now, I have to say I miss the guy.

Not the womanizing - that was creepy and he had to go - but the bitter irony was that in terms of policy and what he was doing for the city, he was on the right track.

Yeah, Bob's scandal was pretty bad - but look at the crap that's been happening since Bob left.

We have the new mayor engaged in back-room deals with the Chargers, the city tried to pull a fast one by proposing deleting all city emails within 1 year, the balboa park centennial is now basically a cake, balloon, and bo-bo the clown affair with millions of tax payer money squandered, the city council put forth ridiculous medical marijuana regulations that disenfranchise patients in the entire urban core of the city.

Let's be honest, things in the city haven't improved since Bob left - THEY HAVE BECOME MUCH, MUCH WORSE.

I really hate that Bob had to ruin his service to our city with sexual harassment. We were on the right track with his policies. Now we aren't anymore. It's really quite sad.

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DonWood | April 8, 2014 at 4:32 p.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Saw the TV items on this. Watching local media reporters and cameramen camped out in front of the former mayor's downtown condominium turned my stomach, reflecting how little real news these is in this sleep beach town and how desperate reporter are for anything to fill in the space between the ads in their news shows. This isn't news folks, it's just vultures picking at the carcass of an involuntarily retired old pol Leave the old guy alone and go find some real news. Or would that be too much work?

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laplayaheritage | April 9, 2014 at 7:53 a.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Please investigate potential Quid Pro Quo for making assault claims against former Mayor Filner.

https://www.facebook.com/WeDemandDueProcessForMayorFilner

The 26 year old Jerry Dines is suing the City for millions, and just starting a new job at the State of California Department of Corrections in northern California in December 2013.

https://www.facebook.com/jeri.dines?fref=ts

Another victim Peggy Shannon received a new subsidized senior apartment in January 2014 probably through the City and/or San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC).

https://www.facebook.com/peggy.harpershannon?fref=browse_search

"Moved into new apt...downtown, 3 blocks from city hall and 1 block from center. Not all stuff is put away, but I love my view of Coronado bridge...water and planes landing...hope to have my computer up and running soon...Invitation to everyone...come and see my new place...it is very cool...

http://www.10news.com/news/monday-to-be-declared-peggy-shannon-day-in-honor-of-alleged-bob-filner-victim-022414

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benz72 | April 9, 2014 at 10:08 a.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

PDSD "We have the new mayor engaged in back-room deals with the Chargers"
This is bad, I agree

"the city tried to pull a fast one by proposing deleting all city emails within 1 year"
Did this come from the mayor’s office? I'm not sure but I think we already agreed on a reasonable policy in another thread.

"the balboa park centennial is now basically a cake, balloon, and bo-bo the clown affair with millions of tax payer money squandered'
I find it tough to pin this on the new mayors. Wasn't most of the squandering done before he got there? What am I missing?

"the city council put forth ridiculous medical marijuana regulations that disenfranchise patients in the entire urban core of the city."
Sure but isn't the city council separate from the mayor? Who exactly do you see as being to blame here?

I’m not rooting for or against this guy (though I was rooting against Alvarez), but it seems like you are trying to lay things on his doorstep that don’t really belong there.

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Peking_Duck_SD | April 9, 2014 at 10:14 a.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

LaPlaya, unfortunately the mainstream media will not report on the items you are presenting in any objective manner.

We live in a dumbed-down society where much of the media, take the UT as one example, is really geared toward people with the thought process of a 6th grader.

This process requires a very simple plot - you have a big, evil bad guy and then all the 100% innocent victims who the big mean ghoulish evil one violated.

That's it.

End of story.

No UT reading ignoramus wants to hear the TRUTH about how the situation is more complex than that. How there are different angles and facets of this story that are much more complex than a bad man and innocent victims. Indeed, there is more going on beneath the surface and I salute you for trying to get the message out, but I won't hold my breath for the media to follow.

Filner is now San Diego's official boogeyman.

The story of the big evil groper who is 100% bad and the innocent victims who are 100% good just sells too many newspapers and is a really simple message for even journalistically inept "writers" such as those at the UT to get across.

And you also need to keep in mind that the current hacks in city hall also want the Filner boogeyman story to propagate.

It is giving them cover to carry out their own shams and corruption.

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Peking_Duck_SD | April 9, 2014 at 10:33 a.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Benz,

Faulconer is the mayor, correct?

And, he was on the city council prior to that, correct?

So, why does he not have responsibility in the shams going on at City Hall?

If you read my posting history, I have been just as critical of Mr. Gloria.

Both Gloria and Faulconer were in city hall while the millions wasted by the Balboa Park fiasco went unchecked.

Where was the oversight?

And to make things worse, when interviewed by KPBS he seemed to "brush-off" the idea of an investigation to get to the bottom of it.

As far as the MM ordinance, it was drafted when faulconer was still on the council but signed while he was mayor. I'm not an expert on city government, but we have a "strong mayor" system, I don't think the council can do whatever it wants wihtout the mayor's blessing or his veto if he doesn't like something.

The one thing I will give credit to is that after Gloria proposed the email deletion policy, Faulconer put it on hold when he became mayor, but this was likely because of the media outcry, public outrage, and the risk of looking like he was going back on his campaign promises of "transparency".

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muckapoo1 | April 9, 2014 at 11:14 a.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Duck. I think Filner did deserve worse. For crying out loud, kindergarten kids in this sick society are suspended from school and labelled for hugging another student. This clown got away with it. House arrest is a joke in a luxury apartment. He should at least spent a month in jail.

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Peking_Duck_SD | April 9, 2014 at 11:40 a.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

muckapoo, I agree with you that kindergarten kids suspended for hugging another student is wrong, but the solution is not to make draconian punishment more widespread than it already is, it's to try and bring reason and sanity to some of these ridiculous laws we have.

House arrest is certainly better than jail, but it's no walk in the park. I wouldn;t want to spend months confined to my house. He could have just been given probation where he could have still gone wherever he wanted, but he was confined to his apartment building which was a step above that.

Considering what he did, I think he got more than enough punishment.

The sad fact is that there are many bosses out there who get away with what Filner did on a daily basis.

He was mad an example of.

He was shamed in the media.

He lost his career.

He is losing pension money.

He has a criminal record now.

He has been confined to house arrest.

What more do people want!?

He made sexual advances towards people and put one in a headlock at a party.

I don't want my tax dollars paying to imprison people who did that, it's absurd.

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Missionaccomplished | April 9, 2014 at 11:50 a.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

benzzz, that's okay. Your prejudices and biases are well known here. Parentheses () not necessary.

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Missionaccomplished | April 10, 2014 at 7:43 a.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

_uckkkapoop1 would have Feelner drawn and quartered. ONLY then would he be satisfied.

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muckapoo1 | April 10, 2014 at 4:03 p.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Mission, that would be cruel. Tar and feathers and relocated to Atlanta would be enough for me. That way, as we pay off the law suits, we would not have to see his sorry self walking around town.

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