Bob Filner

Former mayor gets 3 months of house arrest, 3 years probation for conduct toward 3 women

By Craig Gustafson and Greg Moran
Dec. 9, 2013 Updated5:51 p.m.

DOWNTOWN SAN DIEGO — Bob Filner: Councilman. Congressman. Mayor. Felon.

Filner completed a stunning fall from grace Monday when a judge sentenced him to three months of home confinement and three years of probation, closing the criminal probe into the inappropriate sexual behavior toward women that ended his brief stint as San Diego’s 35th mayor. His legal woes will continue as he and the city still face a civil lawsuit from a former aide.

The sentencing by Superior Court Judge Robert Trentacosta came after Filner pleaded guilty in October to one felony charge of false imprisonment and two misdemeanor charges of battery. The former 10-term congressman will also have to continue mental health treatment, surrender a portion of his pension and be prohibited from seeking or holding public office until he finishes probation.

The original plea agreement announced by prosecutors said Filner could never hold public office again.

Filner, who earlier had defiantly proclaimed his innocence of sexual harassment allegations and accused a political lynch mob of orchestrating his ouster, appeared rested, contrite and in good spirits at Monday’s hearing. He showed none the cantankerous and combative attitude he frequently exhibited during his short run as mayor and throughout the headline-making scandal that rocked San Diego’s political world over the summer.

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