Former San Diego mayor Bob Filner has just pleaded guilty today – Tuesday, Oct. 15 – to felony false imprisonment and two counts of misdemeanor battery involving three women. The false imprisonment conviction was by violence, fraud, menace and deceit. These charges involved three women while he was in office.
As most of us know, Filner, resigned from office in late August coming under intense daily pressure to leave his post amidst allegations of sexual harassment against the former 10-term congressman. He had been on the job less than nine months into a four-year term and was San Diego’s first Democratic mayor in 20 years.
According to CBS 8 News:
… under the plea deal with prosecutors, [Filner] is expected to receive three years of probation and three months of home confinement when he is sentenced Dec. 9.
According to the Attorney General’s Office, Filner will also be barred from ever seeking or holding public office. He will also be required to undergo mental health treatment while he is on probation. If he violates probation, he faces up to six months in jail. He remains free on his own recognizance until his sentencing hearing.
The victims were identified as Jane Does 1, 2, and 3, according to the state Attorney General’s Office, which announced the charges earlier Tuesday.
A grand jury had been hearing evidence against Filner, according to published reports.
Filner’s former communications director, Irene McCormack Jackson, filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the former mayor.
“This conduct was not only criminal, it was also an extreme abuse of power,” Attorney General Kamala Harris said. “This prosecution is about consequence and accountability. No one is above the law.”
Filner will also be forced to surrender his mayoral pension accrued from the time of the felony offense — March 6 — through his Aug. 23 resignation.
Other conditions of Filner’s probation – according to the Attorney General’s press release, include:
In addition to the 3 years of probation, he will have home confinement for three months. As a consequence of the felony plea, Filner may not vote, serve on a jury or own a firearm while he is on probation.
Filner is required to undergo treatment as directed by a mental health professional throughout his probation. If he violates the terms of his probation, he may face up to 6 months in jail.
Fines including restitution, probation and court fees will be determined at Filner’s sentencing hearing, which will be announced today.