Former San Diego mayor, Bob Filner, admits assaulting women
San Diego's former mayor, driven from office by sexual harassment allegations, has pleaded guilty to a felony for putting a woman in a headlock and to less serious charges for kissing another woman against her will and grabbing the buttocks of a third.
The pleas on Tuesday came less than two months after Bob Filner defiantly said he was the victim of a lynch mob and insisted he would be vindicated of the sexual harassment claims by at least 17 women if due process was allowed to run its course.
Filner's accusers included a retired navy admiral, a university dean and great grandmother.
Filner, who served 10 terms in the US Congress, said little on Tuesday beyond "guilty" when a judge read the charges against him - one count of felony false imprisonment and two counts of misdemeanour battery.
Under a plea deal, the state attorney-general's office will recommend Filner be sentenced to three months of home confinement and three years of probation. The maximum possible sentence for a false imprisonment count is three years in prison and one year for each count of battery.
Filner restrained a woman against her will at a fundraiser on March 6, applying additional force after she resisted, according to the plea agreement. Filner put her in a headlock, his attorney, Jerry Coughlan,said.
Filner also kissed a woman without permission at a Meet the Mayor event on April 6 and groped another victim at a May 25 rally. None of the victims were identified.
Filner, 71, did not comment after the hearing, but his attorney said the former mayor "profusely apologises" for his behaviour.
"I think he wants to redeem his original legacy, which was a wonderful one, and put this behind him," Coughlan said. "He's been jogging, he's been getting therapy, talking to friends, trying to come to terms with how to deal with these kinds of problems."
Filner resigned as the mayor of the eighth-most populous city in the US on August 30.