Filner pleaded guilty in October to one charge of false imprisonment and two charges of misdemeanor battery. He was charged after three women accused him of grabbing one woman and forcibly kissing her as well as putting one in the infamous “Filner headlock” and grabbing the buttocks of another woman. The harassment took place at various campaign events and at City Hall.
Fliner was lucky and won’t spend any time behind bars; instead he will be spending the next three years on home confinement where his every move will be tracked by GPS. He will be allowed to leave his home to attend doctor’s appointments and therapy sessions, religious services and probation meetings, according to CNN. He can also leave his apartment but won’t be able to leave the grounds.
Filner will also be forbidden from seeking elected office while he is on probation and will be required to undergo continued mental health treatment.
He was facing up to three years in jail for the false imprisonment charge and one year each for the misdemeanor battery charges.
“I want to apologize to my family who have stood by me during 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,” Filner said in a statement prior to the sentencing proceedings.
“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 no matter what I have to do. I’ve already started on my path and I am grateful to all those who are helping me,” Filner said.
The three women involved in Filner’s criminal charges are just a few among the nineteen women who accused the former Mayor of sexually harassing them while he was a Congressman and Mayor of San Diego.
The allegations of sexual harassment surfaced when one of his former supporters came forward with the allegations.
At the time, Filner vehemently denied the allegations and said he was being subjected to a lynch mob, convinced that the allegations would prove to be untrue. But the accusations began to pile on and he eventually agreed to undergo therapy. Even though he was asked to resign repeatedly, Filner at first refused. He eventually decided to resign and now San Diego has an interim Mayor.
Allegations of sexual harassment don’t typically lead to criminal charges; typically it involves inappropriate comments or touching which may make the victim feel humiliated and embarrassed. If you are the victim of sexual harassment you understand how toxic the behavior can be to the work environment. If you have talked to a supervisor and no action has been taken against your harasser a sexual harassment attorney can help you remedy the problem and seek compensation.