Ex-San Diego mayor sentenced to 3 months house arrest, 3 years probation

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San Diego, CA, United States (4E) – Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner was sentenced on Monday to three months of home confinement and three years of probation for sexually harassment.

Superior Court Judge Robert Trentacosta also ordered a subdued Filner to continue his mental health treatment, surrender a portion of his pension, not seek or hold public office until he finishes probation and pay fines and fees of less than $2,000.

Filner, a former congressman for 10 terms before becoming mayor, apologized to his family, staff, supporters, citizens of the city and victims during the sentencing hearing. He vowed to work to earn back their trust “no matter how long it takes.”

Three women came out to accuse Filner of sexually harassing them six months after his election as mayor last year. One of the women victim claimed the ex-mayor asked her out on a date and forced a kiss on her. Another victim claimed Filner grabbed her buttocks when she asked to be photographed with him. The third complainant charged him with forcibly restraining and kissing her during a fundraiser.

Supervising Deputy Attorney General Melissa Mandel spoke on behalf of the three women identified as Jane Does 1, 2 and 3 as they declined to speak during the hearing. Mandel told the court Filner demeaned, humiliated, scared, embarrassed, sexualized and devalued his victims using his power and influence.

Irene McCormack Jackson, a former aide of Filner, also sued him and the city for sexual harassment and the case is pending.

The number of Filner’s victims was more than a dozen in total. The scandal forced him to resign on Aug. 30. He pleaded guilty in October to one felony charge of false imprisonment and two misdemeanor charges of battery.

On Nov. 19, San Diego held a special election to fill the mayor’s seat left vacant by Filner. Councilmember Kevin Faulconer and Councilmember David Alvarez secured spot for the February runoff elections.

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