Ex-San Diego Mayor Bob Filner faces sentencing Monday for kissing, grabbing women

Monday, December 9, 2013 - 12:02pm

Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner will be sentenced Monday for kissing or grabbing three women at campaign events or City Hall, once with enough force to qualify as a felony.

Filner, 71, will not serve prison time under a deal with prosecutors announced when he pleaded guilty in October.

The plea deal calls for three months of home confinement, three years of probation and mandatory mental health treatment. Fines, court fees and restitution are to be added Monday.

The deal includes a felony false imprisonment charge and two misdemeanor battery charges.

The felony charge said Filner used force to restrain a woman at a fund-raising event March 6. The misdemeanor charges say he kissed a woman on the lips without her consent at City Hall on April 6 and grabbed a woman's buttock after she asked to take to have her picture taken with him at a rally May 25.

Filner was elected mayor in November 2012 after serving in Congress for 20 years.

This year, 19 women accused him of offensive behavior during his tenure as mayor and as a congressman.

After veering between contrition and defiance, he resigned August 30. He offered a "deep apology" but also said he was the victim of the "hysteria of a lynch mob."

Under the deal announced in October, Filner would be prohibited from ever seeking or holding public office again, the attorney general's office said. Filner also would not be able to vote, serve on a jury or own a firearm while on probation.

Filner also will have to give up pension credit for his time in the mayor's office after March 6, the date of the first offense.

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