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Ex-San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is booked, released at county jail

October 19, 2013|By Tony Perry
  • Ex-Mayor Bob Filner takes the oath before pleading guilty on state charges of felony false imprisonment and misdemeanor battery.
Ex-Mayor Bob Filner takes the oath before pleading guilty on state charges… (John Gibbins / AP )

SAN DIEGO - A day earlier than anticipated, ex-Mayor Bob Filner, who pleaded guilty to three charges of mistreating women, was booked and released Saturday morning at the downtown county jail.

San Diego County Superior Court Judge Robert Trentacosta had ordered that Filner be booked and released Sunday. Instead, the 71-year-old appeared at the jail and was photographed and fingerprinted by 9 a.m.

Filner on Tuesday pleaded guilty to felony false imprisonment and two counts of misdemeanor battery. Prosecutors did not seek to require bail.

Trentacosta ordered a probation report be done before the Dec. 9 sentencing.

Under a plea agreement with the state attorney general's office, Filner will not serve any jail or prison time, but will spend three months of home confinement, undergo mental health counseling and agree never to seek public office.

He may also face fines and restitution to three victims, identified as Jane Doe 1, 2 and 3.

The plea bargain also calls for him to forfeit most of his mayoral pension. His pensions from being a history professor at San Diego State and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives won't be touched.

Filner, the city's first Democratic mayor in two decades, resigned Aug. 30 under an agreement with the City Council in which the city will defend him against a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by his former director of communications. She was one of 19 women who went public with accusations against Filner during a six-week scandal.


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