October 15, 2013

Ex-San Diego Mayor pleads guilty to 3 crimes

Charges against Filner include false imprisonment and battery in connection to allegations of sexual harassment.

By Elliot Spagat
Associated Press

SAN DIEGO – Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has pleaded guilty to a felony and two misdemeanors for unwanted for unwanted physical contact with three women at public events.

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FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 file photo, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner speaks after agreeing to resign at a city council meeting in San Diego. The California attorney general’s office has charged Filner with felony false imprisonment and two misdemeanor counts of battery. Filner, 71, resigned in late August, succumbing to intense pressure after at least 17 women brought lurid sexual harassment allegations against him.

The Associated Press

The California attorney general’s office says Filner entered the plea Tuesday under an agreement that calls for three months of home confinement and three years of probation.

He could have been sentenced to years in prison for felony false imprisonment and a year each for the two misdemeanor battery counts.

Filner resigned in August after numerous women came forward with accounts of sexual harassment.

The felony involved a woman restrained against her will at a fundraiser. The misdemeanors involved a woman who was kissed without permission and a woman whose buttocks were grabbed.

The plea deal also requires mental health treatment.

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