Ex-San Diego mayor Filner pleads guilty in sexual harassment case

(JTA) – Bob Filner, who resigned as San Diego mayor amid sexual harassment accusations, pleaded guilty to three charges in a case brought by three women.

Filner made his plea Tuesday in San Diego County state Superior Court on one felony count of “false imprisonment by violence, fraud, menace and deceit,” as well as two misdemeanor counts of battery. He will  not have to serve any prison time.

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 he 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 formerly was a 10-term congressman.

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