Former San Diego mayor pleads guilty to battery counts
SAN DIEGO — Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who resigned from the helm of California's second-largest city after a string of sexual harassment allegations, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges of false imprisonment and battery involving three women.
A former Democratic congressman who served only a brief mayoral tenure after being elected last year, Filner was charged with felony false imprisonment and two misdemeanor counts of battery for placing one woman in a headlock and kissing or groping two others, prosecutors said. Filner, who grew up in Squirrel Hill, will serve three months of home confinement.
“This conduct was not only criminal, it was also an extreme abuse of power,” said state Attorney General Kamala Harris, who filed the complaint.
According to court papers, the felony count against Filner was filed because he used “greater force than was necessary.” The misdemeanors included kissing a woman on the lips at a “Meet the Mayor” event and grabbing another woman's buttocks as she posed for a picture with the mayor at another public event.
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