SAN DIEGO — Bob Filner, the former San Diego mayor forced out of office in a storm of sexual harassment allegations, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a series of false imprisonment and battery charges involving three women, according to the state attorney general.
The California attorney general’s office said that Mr. Filner, who resigned in August with a defiant speech denying that he had violated the law and saying he had been the victim of a “lynch mob,” had been charged with one felony count of false imprisonment by violence, fraud, menace and deceit, and two misdemeanor counts of battery.
Under the terms of a plea bargain announced Tuesday morning, Mr. Filner was to serve three years of probation and to undergo treatment at the directive of a mental health professional.
His punishment is three years probation and counseling, though—really? Filner should at least be forced to acknowledge, in writing, that he's been the victim of the most courteous lynch mob in American history.