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A few months ago, Bob Filner was the mayor of San Diego. He had a tremendous amount of power as he made decisions as to the welfare of the citizens of San Diego. Then, the roof caved in.

A large number of females came forth with allegations that Mr. Filner had “sexually harassed” them in various ways. Filner vehemently denied the charges.

Prominent members of the San Diego community called for his resignation. Leading members of both political parties asked that he step down amidst a rising number of complaints.

Finally, Filner agreed to resign as mayor of San Diego. However, the ordeal was far from over.

Filner Pleads Guilty to False Imprisonment

Filner Pleads Guilty

Bob Filner pleads guilty after he made sexual advances on women.

Recently, Filner plead guilty to felony false imprisonment (PC 236) as well as two counts of criminal battery (PC 242) in the San Diego Superior Court. These guilty verdicts stem from allegations that he placed one female in a headlock, kissed a second woman without her permission, and grabbed the buttocks of a third woman.

The judge sentenced Filner to three months of home confinement and placed him on three years probation. He could have received as much as three years in custody for the false imprisonment charge and one year each for the two misdemeanor battery convictions.

Filner could have been charged with sexual battery for his actions, which would have required him to register as a sex offender. However, Filner avoided sex offender registration when he was only charged with battery.

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The sentence that Filner received was extremely light considering the seriousness of the allegations. He will serve no time in custody. The question remains as to how many of the women that have come forward claiming sexual harassment will be filing civil lawsuits against Filner.

We would like your comments on whether you feel Filner’s sentence was appropriate under these circumstances.

You Can be Excluded from the Megan’s Law Website if the Victim was a Relative – Penal Code Section 290.46(e)

If you register as a sex offender in Anaheim due to a conviction for lewd and lascivious act with a minor under the age of 14 or “child molestation” (Penal Code section 288) and your offense involved your own relative, you may be exempt from being identified on California’s public sex offender website under certain conditions. Removal from the Megan…

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Ending Sex Offender Registration for Lewd Acts with 14-15 Year Old 10 Years Younger in Costa Mesa – Penal Code Section 288(c)(1)

If you live in Costa Mesa and you were convicted of engaging in sexual activity with a minor, your sentence probably included probation or imprisonment in jail or prison.

Under California Penal Code section 288(c)(1) [PC288(c)(1)], having sexual contact with a 14 or 15-year-old who is at least 10 years younger than you is commonly known as child molestatio…

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Ending Sex Offender Registration in Costa Mesa for Child Molest – PC647.6

Anyone who must register as a sex offender knows the lifelong obligation is devastating. Employment, housing, even close friends all seem to vanish along with this embarrassing lifetime stigma. If you are a Costa Mesa resident and have been convicted of “annoying or molesting a child” pursuant to Penal Code section 647.6 (PC647.6), you will likely ha…

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Will Sex Offenders be Required to Register Their Online Accounts? – Update on Prop. 35 Temporary Injunction

Proposition 35, the “Californians Against Sexual Exploitation Act” Initiative (CASE Act), was on the Nov. 6, 2012 California ballot as measure intended to deter and punish persons guilty of “human trafficking” – the kidnapping and coercion of human beings into forced labor or sexual slavery. The proposition was approved by 81 perce…

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Ohio Lawmaker Wants to Expand the Death Penalty to Sex Offenses

In a case that shocked the nation, Ariel Castro of Cleveland, Ohio was convicted in July of the brutal and repeated rape of three women he had held captive in his home for a decade. If the Ohio legislature approves a new bill, the state will expand the use of the death penalty to sex offenses that don’t result in the death of the victim under certain circumst…

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Maximum Parole Revocation for Sex Offenders Who Cut Off GPS Devices – Senate Bill 57

More than any other category of paroled offenders, registered sex offenders are held to the strictest rules and surveillance procedures for which the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is authorized to use to supervise them. Even convicted murderers don’t seem to warrant the intensive supervision that sex offenders do. Surveillan…

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Fighting a Sodomy Charge in Southern California – PC Section 286

If you are accused of an illegal act of sodomy, it will be a traumatic experience. It will impact your ability to carry on a normal life with your friends, family and employer. The negative social stigma of a sodomy accusation can follow you for the rest of your life. However, being accused of an illegal act of sodomy does not mean that you will be convicted. The sk…

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Defenses to Statutory Rape Charges – PC Section 261.5

You recently had sexual intercourse with a female that you met off of a dating website. Prior to engaging in sexual intercourse, she reassured you that she had turned 18 years of age “a while ago.” A few days after the sexual intercourse, you were charged with statutory rape under California Penal Code section 261.5. At this point, it is critical to call an …

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Punishment for Oral Copulation in California – PC 288a(c)(2)

You recently moved into a house in Tustin. You did not know any of your roommates prior to moving in. After moving in, you spent one night “hanging out” with one of your female roommates. Now, you are being accused of using force to commit an act of oral copulation. What is the punishment for oral copulation in California under PC 288a(c)(2)?

Oral Copulatio…

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