Bob Filner, former San Diego mayor, pleaded guilty on Tues, Oct 15, 2013, to a series of false imprisonment and battery charges specifically involving three women, reports The New York Times.
These charges come from months of accusations from at least 17 women who came forward, accusing him of sexual harassment, including groping, kissing, and what was known as the “Filner headlock,” an embrace that he described as a harmless expression of affection.
His plea bargain terms include him serving three years of probation and undergoing treatment at the directive of a mental health professional. While on probation, Filner will be under home confinement for three months. During his probation he will also not be allowed to own a firearm or serve on a jury, reports The New York Times. If he violates these conditions he faces jail time for six months. Official sentencing is set on Dec 9.
Had he not taken the plea deal, Filner could have been sentenced to three years in prison and given a $10,000 fine if found guilty.
The plea also ends his long career in politics, barring him from ever serving in public office again, reports The New York Times. He must give up his pension from the date of the first offense, Mar. 6, 2013, through the date of his resignation on Aug. 23.
He was forced out of office in August after giving a rather defiant speech saying that he had been the victim of a “lynch mob,” denying the allegations.