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Ex-mayor Filner pleads guilty in sexual harassment case

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Posted on Oct. 15, 2013 at 11:24 am

Former San Diego mayor Bob Filner appears in Superior Court in San Diego on Oct. 15. Photo by John Gibbins/Reuters

Former San Diego mayor Bob Filner appears in Superior Court in San Diego on Oct. 15. Photo by John Gibbins/Reuters

Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner plead guilty in a sexual harassment case brought against him by three women.

Filner was charged on Tuesday in San Diego County Superior Court with a felony count of “false imprisonment by violence, fraud, menace and deceit,” and two misdemeanor counts of battery.

The victims were identified as Jane Does 1, 2 and 3.

Filner, 71, who is Jewish, resigned in August after the San Diego City Council unanimously approved a deal under which Filner agreed to leave office by Aug. 30 in exchange for the city agreeing to pay his legal expenses in a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by his former aide.

Some 19 women publicly accused Filner of acting inappropriately and sexually harassing them. He apologized to the city and the women who accused him of misconduct.

Filner was San Diego’s first Democratic mayor in two decades; he was formerly a 10-term congressman.

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