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
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.
The Criminal Defense Attorneys at Wallin & Klarich Can Help You
The skilled attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have been practicing criminal defense successfully for over 30 years. We have represented many clients accused of misconduct with females.
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.