Notorious former San Diego mayor freed from house arrest after three months
Bob Filner is once again unchained. On Sunday, the Democrat former mayor and congressman was allowed to remove the tracking device from his ankle and venture beyond the walls of his downtown San Diego condo. He was ‘lojacked’ for three months while under house arrest.
Filner pleaded guilty to sexually harassing, battering and falsely imprisoning women. His “Filner headlock” became a running national joke. Twenty women came forward to accuse him of groping, licking or headlocking them in meetings after he became mayor. One attack occurred at a “Meet the Mayor” event. Accusers include his communications director, city hall employees and members of the public.
The former mayor will remain on probation for three years. If he stays out of trouble, his felony battery conviction for headlocking a woman at a fundraiser will be reduced to a misdemeanor.
In addition to the home confinement Filner will have to serve three years of probation. At the end of that time, if he has complied with all the probation conditions, he will be allowed to have the felony false imprisonment sentence reduced to a misdemeanor and eventually expunged under the terms of the plea bargain.