Ex-San Diego Mayor Filner Gets Home Confinement in Fondling Cases


Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner's professional and personal collapse continued as he pleaded guilty to three criminal charges that he grabbed and fondled women during his first and last spring at City Hall, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. Filner, 71, pleaded guilty to one felony charge of false imprisonment and two misdemeanor charges of battery. The former 10-term congressman's pleas came just one day before a criminal grand jury was set to hear evidence against him.

As part of the plea deal with the state Attorney General's Office, Filner will not face any jail or prison time. He will be sentenced to three years of probation and will have to seek mental health treatment. He will also have to serve three months of home confinement and will be banned from ever seeking or holding public office again. His attorney, Jerry Coughlan, said, “His conduct, he admitted in court, was inappropriate, over the top; and today he admitted it was criminal.”

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