“I want to apologize to my family who have stood by me through this ordeal, to my loyal staff and supporters, to the citizens of San Diego, and most sincerely, to the women I have hurt and offended. To all of you, I make the same promise 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 those who are helping me. The letters submitted to this court by my family show the progress that they have already seen. Certainly the behavior that is before the court this day will never be repeated, and I am confident that I will come out of this a better person, and I look forward to making further contributions to the city I love. “
After his apology, the judge sentenced the former mayor to 90 days of home confinement beginning on Jan. 1 and ending March 31 and pay around $1,500 in fines. While on home confinement, he will be monitored with a GPS device. After that, Filner will be on felony probation for 3 years.
The judge also sentenced Filner to three concurrent 6-month jail sentences, all of which will be stayed if Filner successfully completes probation.
Filner will be barred from ever seeking or holding public office and required to undergo mental health treatment while under court supervision.
The former 10-term congressman pleaded 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 humiliated his victims, he scare them, he embarrassed them, he sexualized them, and devalued them. He did all of this with the power and influence of the public office he held,” Mandel said.
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.
Filner resigned Aug. 30, after nearly 20 women came forward with allegations that he had groped or sexually harassed them over several years.
One of those women was his former communications director, Irene McCormack Jackson, who has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against him. Her attorney Gloria Allred was quick to say that Filner got off too easy.
“Some may feel Filner has paid the price, I think he is one lucky man!” said Allred. “Mr. Filner count your blessing. Your freedom is a gift which you do not deserve.”
Under the plea deal, Filner will have to surrender his mayoral pension accrued from the time of the felony offense — March 6 — through his resignation, according to the Attorney General’s Office.