Filner sentenced to house arrest, three years probation

Former San Diego mayor Bob Filner (D) has been sentenced to three years probation -- including 90 days of house arrest -- following his sexual harassment conviction.

Filner, 71, pleaded guilty two months ago to three counts -- one felony charge of false imprisonment and two misdemeanors for battery -- after a steady stream of women accused him of sexual harassment.

As part of his plea deal, Filner was forced to resign. He will also have to seek mental health treatment and can't serve in public office, according to his sentence.

The city is currently holding a special election to determine Filner's successor. The runoff will be held in February after no candidate received a majority of the vote last month.

Filner is a former congressman from the San Diego area. When he won the mayor's race in December 2012, he became the first Democrat to be elected mayor of the city since the 1980s.

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Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.

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