Filner Guilty of 3 Criminal Charges in Sex Scandal

Key Players in the Mayor Bob Filner Scandal

See who has been in the spolight of San Diego's recent drama

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    Former San Diego mayor Bob Filner pleaded guilty to three criminal counts in connection with the scandal that led to his resignation just eight months into his term.

    Under a plea agreement, Filner is expected to get three years of probation and three years of house arrest. Because of the felony count, he will never be able to vote or hold public office again.

    See who has played a major role in the scandal, from former allies to alleged victims.

     

     

    Donna Frye, former council member and Filner’s director of open government, was the first to accuse the mayor of sexually harassing women with a team of lawyers.

     


     

    Marco Gonzalez, attorney at Coast Law Group,claims there have been numerous women sexually harassed by Filner and is representing an unnamed client in a yet-to-be-filed lawsuit.

     

     

    Cory Briggs, an attorney who has represented San Diegans for Open Government, was the first to call for Filner’s resignation. He joined Gonzalez and Frye in publicly detailing alleged harassment.

     

     

    Bronwyn Ingram, Filner’s former fiancé, broke off their engagement days before Filner’s former allies called for his resignation.

     

     


    Jan Goldsmith, San Diego City Attorney, said his office will not represent the mayor in any capacity. He also recommended that the city not pay the mayor’s legal fees.

     

     

    Marti Emerald, San Diego City Council member, remained loyal to Filner and said she hopes he turns to God in this “horrible situation.” Then, asked the mayor to resign on Aug. 9.

     

     

    Todd Gloria, San Diego City Council President who moved into Filner's role immediately following the former mayor's resignation, called for Filner’s resignation (along with seven other council members)

     

     

    Lee Burdick, Filner’s chief of staff, was promoted to her position days after several women claimed Filner harassed them.

     

     


    Irene McCormack Jackson, Filner’s former communications director, was the first person to publicly come forward in the scandal and filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the mayor and city through prominent attorney Gloria Allred, saying Filner treated women inappropriately.

     


    Laura Fink was the second public accuser. She worked for Congressman Bob Filner in 2005. Fink tells NBC 7 she had an uncomfortable run-in when she says he asked her to turn around and then touched her backside.   

     

     

    Morgan Rose, a psychologist with the San Diego Unified School District, spoke to KPBS and accused then-Congressman Bob Filner of acting inappropriately. She was the third alleged victim of the mayor's scandal to speak publicly.

     

     

    Joyce Gattas, dean of SDSU's College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, said she’s had various interactions with Filner in which he held her too tight, kissed her cheek or touched her knee.

     

     

    Patti Roscoe, claimed Filner has put her in the now-infamous “Filner Headlock” several times and one time even slobbered down her chin.

     

     


    Ronne Froman, retired Naval officer, told KPBS that the mayor stroked her face inappropriately.

     

     


    Sharon Bernie-Cloward, president of the San Diego Port Tenants Association, is another alleged victim and described a situation to KPBS in which she said the mayor grabbed her buttocks.

     

     

    Lisa Curtin, San Diego City College administrator, said to KPBS that Filner cornered her in private after a meeting in 2011 and tried to kiss her.

     


     

    Michelle Tyler, a vocational nurse, publicly spoke about a meeting with Filner in which the mayor implied that he would help solve an issue with Veteran's Affairs only if Tyler agreed to attend a public event with him or have dinner with him.

     

     

    U.S. Marine Katherine Ragazzino claimed Filner used her situation with the VA as a bargaining chip to get a date with nurse Tyler.

     

     


    Stampp Corbin, LGBT Weekly publisher, used to be an ardent supporter of Filner’s, but has since joined forces with other city leaders in a recall effort.

     

     


    Michael Pallamary, San Diego land use consultant, is leading the Filner recall effort.

     

     


    Elisa Brent, local activist, worked on the recall effort with Pallamary and Corbin. She filed a petition to begin the recall process.

     

     

     

    John Cox, finance chairman for the Recall Filner campaign and one of the largest donors. Cox is a Rancho Santa Fe businessman who has a political past.

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