Bob Filner

Terms of plea deal ban him from office, require treatment

By Greg Moran
Oct. 15, 2013

Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s professional and personal collapse continued on Tuesday as he pleaded guilty to three criminal charges that he grabbed and fondled women during his first and last spring at City Hall.

Filner, 71, pleaded guilty to one felony charge of false imprisonment and two misdemeanor charges of battery at a hearing in San Diego Superior Court.

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.

Instead 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.

According to the terms of his plea deal, Filner will also surrender the portion of his pension earned after March 6, the date of his felony offense. Upon his retirement, his annual city benefit was estimated at $19,000. It’s unclear what the new amount might be.

In a statement read by his lawyer, Jerry Coughlan, after the hearing, Filner wanted to put things behind him and “continue the ongoing rehabilitation he has begun.”

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