Bob Filner, former San Diego mayor and 10-term congressman, was sentenced today to three years probation and 90 days of home confinement for sexually assaulting three women.
The sentencing is part of a plea deal granted to Filner, 71, after he pleaded guilty in October to felony false imprisonment and two counts of misdemeanor battery. Filner is barred from seeking or holding public office during his probation. During his 90 days of home confinement, Filner will wear a GPS monitoring device.
In court Monday, Filner apologized for his crimes, saying he “hurt and offended” the women he assaulted.
“To all of you, I make the same promise that I made to my family to earn back your trust and my integrity no matter how long it takes and what I have to do. I’ve already started on that path and I’m grateful to all of those who are helping me,” Filner said.
Under the plea deal, Filner will also have to give up the mayor’s pension he received from the time of the first offense – March 6 – to the time he resigned from office in August. Under the terms of the deal, Filner admitted kissing or grabbing three women, but they were among 19 women who accused him of abusive behavior during his time as congressman and mayor.
Attorney Gloria Allred wanted a tougher sentence for Filner.
“Though some may feel that Filner has paid the price for his betrayal of the public trust, I think that he is one lucky man,” Allred said at a press conference outside of the courthouse.
Filner is not allowed to have contact with the three victims named in the case during his probation, was fined close to $1,500 and faces up to six months in prison if he violates his probation.