Filner pleads guilty to felony false imprisonment

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner pleaded guilty Tuesday
to one felony count of false imprisonment by violence, fraud, menace and
deceit and two misdemeanor counts of battery for sexually harassing three women
while in office.

The felony count carries a possible three-year prison sentence, while
misdemeanors come with a maximum penalty of one year in jail. But under the
plea deal with prosecutors, he 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, 70, resigned from office Aug. 30 after nearly 20 women came
forward saying he had groped them or sexually harassed them over several years.

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.

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