Ex-San Diego Mayor Bob Filner to be sentenced today
Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is scheduled to be sentenced Monday on three counts of mistreating women, but he is not expected to serve jail time under a plea bargain reached with prosecutors.
Under the agreement expected to be approved by a judge, Filner, 71, faces three months of home confinement, a reduction in his city pension, mandatory mental health counseling and a ban on seeking public office.
A probation report is to describe Filner as a hard-driving perfectionist with an abrasive manner and a patronizing, retrograde attitude toward women who, under the pressure of being a “strong mayor” and after giving up on his mood-stabilizing medication, engaged in boorish, assaultive behavior for which he is now deeply apologetic and admits he needs therapy.
Filner resigned Aug. 30 after six weeks of turmoil in which 20 women accused him of unwanted touching and sexual comments.
None of the women listed as victims in the one felony count and two misdemeanor counts to which Filner pleaded guilty has shown interest in giving a “victim impact statement,” officials said.
After he enters the courtroom of Presiding Superior Court Judge Robert Trentacosta, Filner will have an opportunity to explain why he pleaded guilty to a felony count of false imprisonment and two misdemeanor counts of battery. He offered no explanation when he pleaded guilty Oct. 15.
Regardless of what Filner does, acting Mayor Todd Gloria said he does not believe the sentencing will cause much of a stir at City Hall.
“We’ve moved on,” he said. “I don’t anticipate watching anything [on television] or minding my Twitter feed.”
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