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Ex-San Diego mayor sentenced for harassment

Monday - 12/9/2013, 4:48pm  ET

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has apologized to his family, his staff and supporters, the people of San Diego, and the women he says he hurt and offended.

Filner was sentenced today to three months of home confinement and three years of probation for harassing women while he was mayor of San Diego.

Nearly 20 women have publicly identified themselves as targets of Filner's unwanted advances, including kissing, groping and requests for dates. His accusers include a retired Navy rear admiral, a San Diego State University dean and a great-grandmother who volunteers answering senior citizens' questions at City Hall.

The former 10-term congressman was barely in the mayor's office a year before the allegations began to surface.

A judge today granted the sentencing recommendation from prosecutors in a plea agreement with Filner.

Prosecutors say victims in the criminal complaint did not want to address the court.

182-a-16-(Bob Filner, former mayor of San Diego, speaking at sentencing on felony and misdemeanor charges for sexual harassment)-"hurt and offended"-Bob Filner says he is sorry for his behavior and the hurt he has caused. (9 Dec 2013)

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184-a-12-(Jerry Coughlan, attorney for former San Diego mayor Bob Filner, speaking at Filner's sentencing on sexual harassment charges)-"across the board"-Defense attorney Jerry Coughlan says letters submitted by Bob Filner's therapists and family indicate he is making progress. (9 Dec 2013)

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185-a-11-(Melissa Mandela, supervising state deputy attorney general, speaking at sentencing for Bob Filner, former San Diego mayor)-"claimed to be"-Prosecutor Melissa Mandela says Bob Filner abused his office while a U.S. congressman and then as mayor of San Diego. (9 Dec 2013)

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183-a-09-(Bob Filner, former mayor of San Diego, speaking at sentencing on felony and misdemeanor charges for sexual harassment)-"have to do"-Bob Filner says he is getting help and working on becoming a better person. (9 Dec 2013)

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APPHOTO CADIU103: Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner stands before judge Robert J. Trentacosta's courtroom as he was sentenced on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 in San Diego. Filner was sentenced Monday to three months of home confinement and three years of probation for harassing women while he was mayor of San Diego. Filner, 71, who resigned amid widespread allegations of sexual harassment, pleaded guilty in October to one felony and two misdemeanors for placing a woman in a headlock, kissing another woman and grabbing the buttocks of a third. Trentacosta's sentence was the same as what prosecutors recommended in a plea agreement with Filner. (AP Photo/U-T San Diego, John Gastaldo, Pool) (9 Dec 2013)

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