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Former San Diego Mayor Filner sentenced to house arrest, probation

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Bob Filner, 71, the disgraced former mayor of San Diego, was sentenced Monday as part of a plea deal with the State of California. The chargers of felony false imprisonment and misdemeanor battery stem from incidents in which Filner kissed one woman against her will at a “Meet the Mayor” event, grabbed the behind of another at an event to clean up Fiesta Island, and put a third in a headlock at a fundraiser.

Filner plead guilty in October, and will pay a fine of $1,500 as well as spend 90 days on house arrest and three years on probation.

During his time on house arrest Filner will be allowed to leave his apartment, but he must stay within his apartment complex with the exception of medical, therapy, and probation related appointments and religious services. He will be monitored by GPS.

Filner will no longer be able to vote, own a firearm, serve on a jury, or seek public office during his probation. He will also lose most of his mayoral pension.

CNN reports the prosecution argues that Filner humiliated, scared, embarrassed, sexualized and devalued the women—referred to as Jane Does 1, 2 and 3. The three women were among the 19 who accused him of harassment while he was mayor.

In a statement made at the beginning of the hearing Filner apologized to his family, staff, supporters, San Diegans, and the women he “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 and no matter what I have to do,” Filner said.

Filner was accused of various forms of harassment by nearly 20 women and resigned as mayor in August, claiming to be the victim of a “lynch mob.”

City Council President Todd Gloria has been serving as interim mayor since Aug. 30. The election to fill the remainder of Filner’s term pits City Councilmembers David Alvarez (D) and Kevin Faulconer (R) against each other, and is likely to fall in February.

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