Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is fined, placed on house arrest
Posted Dec 9, 2013 4:15 PM CDT
By Mark Hansen
Ex-San Diego mayor and congressman Bob Filner has been sentenced to 90 days on house arrest followed by three years or probation and fined $1,500 for kissing or grabbing three women without their consent at campaign events or City Hall.
Filner, 71, apologized to his family, his supporters, his former staff, city residents and his victims at his sentencing hearing Monday, CNN reports.
"To all of you I make the same promise I made to my family: to earn back your trust and my integrity no matter how long it takes and no matter what I have to do," he said in his prepared remarks. "I've already started on my path and I am grateful to all those who are helping me."
Filner pleaded guilty in October to one felony false imprisonment charge and two misdemeanor battery charges. The three women were among 19 who accused him of engaging in offensive behavior during his nine months as mayor and 20 years in Congress.
Under the terms of his plea bargain with prosecutors, Filner will be prohibited from ever seeking or holding public office again. He also will be barred from voting, serving on a jury or owning a firearm while on probation.
Filner and the city are also co-defendants in a sexual harassment suit, which the city council voted last summer not to pay to defend him on.