Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who admitted groping three women while in office, was sentenced Dec. 9 to three years of probation and three months house arrest.
Filner apologized to his family, his staff, the residents of San Diego and the women he offended, saying the behavior would never be repeated.
The former mayor vowed to “earn back my trust and integrity, no matter how long it takes.”
Filner, 71, will avoid jail time, though he is expected to spend three months under home confinement at his apartment complex. If he violates probation, he would face up to six months in jail.
Filner will be barred from seeking or holding public office while on probation, but could run again once his probation is completed. After 18 months, Filner can apply to have his probation reduced to informal probation. He can also petition to have his felony conviction reduced to a misdemeanor after 18 months.
He will be required to undergo mental health treatment while under court supervision. He also was fined about $1,500.
“I have already started on that path and am grateful to all those helping me. The letters submitted by my family show the progress they have already seen,” he said. “I am confident I will come out of this a better person and I look forward to making future contributions to the city I love.”
His home detention is expected to start Jan. 1.
A letter from Filner’s son, Adam, was among those attached to a probation report. Adam Filner said his relationship with his father has been “rocky,” but he said he was proud of his father for owning up to his mistakes.
According to a sentencing memorandum submitted by his defense team, Filner — once he became mayor — failed to keep up “with his longstanding exercise regimen and course of psychiatric counseling and medications that had been prescribed by congressional doctors to help stabilize his mood and safeguard his mental health.”
“The sudden disruption in his medications, coupled with longstanding issues of anxiety and the stress of assuming a new, intensely political executive position substantially contributed to conduct, described in the probation officer’s report, which has brought Mr. Filner before this court,” according to the defense memo.
The former 10-term congressman pled guilty in October to one felony count of false imprisonment and two misdemeanor counts of battery.
Supervising Deputy Attorney General Melissa Mandel told Presiding Judge Robert Trentacosta in October that Filner, while attending a fundraiser with “Jane Doe 1” on March 6, used “greater force than necessary” to restrain her against her will and used additional force to overcome her resistance, in a move that became known as the “Filner headlock.”
Mandel said Filner used force and kissed “Jane Doe 2” on the lips without her consent at a “Meet the Mayor” event on April 6.
Filner also admitted grabbing “Jane Doe 3” on the buttocks after she asked to take a picture with him at a May 25 rally at Fiesta Island.