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Former San Diego mayor Bob Filner sentenced to home confinement

1:05 PM, Dec 9, 2013   |    comments
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner
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(NBC SAN DIEGO) -- Bob Filner was ordered Monday to spend 90 days under home confinement as punishment for three criminal charges connected to the sexual harassment scandal that ended his term as San Diego mayor.

The former Congressman pleaded guilty to felony false imprisonment and two misdemeanor charges of battery.

On Monday, a San Diego judge stayed within the plea agreement guidelines and ordered the former mayor to GPS monitoring and pay less than $1,000 in fees and fines.

"To all of you I make the same promise I made to my family," Filner said at the sentencing hearing. " To earn back your trust and my integrity no matter how long it takes."

Mayor Filner arrived before 9 a.m. looking fit and relaxed and chatting with some members of the local media. A Filner supporter walked up to the former mayor and thanked him for everything he has done.

Filner made the following statement:

"I will be very brief. I want to apologize. To my family who have stood by me through this ordeal, to my loyal staff and supporters, to the citizens of San Diego and most sincerely to the women I have hurt and offended, to all of you I make the same promise I made to my family to earn back your trust and my integrity no matter how long it takes. I have already started on that path and am grateful to all those helping me.  The letters submitted to this court by my family show the progress they have already seen Certainly the behaviors before this court today will never be repeated. I am confident I will come out of this a better person and I look forward to making future contributions to the city I love."

The victims in the case were given the opportunity to speak but declined to make a public statement.

On Oct. 15, Filner pleaded guilty to a felony charge for false imprisonment and two misdemeanor counts of battery.

The charges involve three separate victims identified by court officials as "Jane Does 1, 2 and 3" who said Filner sexually harassed them while he was in office earlier this year.

By pleading guilty, Filner admitted he "used force to restrain" Jane Doe 1 "against her will" at a Mar. 6 fundraiser, using "additional force to overcome her resistance."

Filner admitted he kissed Jane Doe 2 on the lips without her consent at a "Meet the Mayor" event on April 6,

On May 25, he attended a Fiesta Island rally and cleanup event where he was asked to take a photo with Jane Doe 3. The woman said the mayor grabbed her buttocks just before the photo was taken. In court, Filner admitted the count was true.

In October, state prosecutors said that under the terms of Filner's plea agreement, the former mayor will serve three years of probation, as well as three months of home confinement. He'll also have to undergo treatment by a mental health professional while on probation.

The accusations against Filner first went public in July when many of his former allies, including former San Diego City Councilmember Donna Frye, exposed his behavior and demanded he step down from office.

From there, more than a dozen women came forward with stories of sexual harassment at the hands of Filner, including former communications director to the mayor, Irene McCormack Jackson, who filed a lawsuit against the city.

After weeks of controversy, recall efforts and more accusers, Filner resigned effective Aug. 30.

On Nov. 19, San Diego held a special election to fill the mayor's seat left vacant by Filner.

Councilmember Kevin Faulconer held a strong lead in the mayoral race, securing his spot for the February runoff, and Councilmember David Alvarez received enough votes to face off against Faulconer in February.

By Monica Garske

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