Could criminal charges be next for San Diego’s Bob Filner?

Aug 26, 2013

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner Entangled In Sexual Harassment Scandal Holds News Conference

SAN DIEGO, CA – AUGUST 23: San Diego Mayor Bob Filner leaves the podium after announcing his mayoral resignation to the city council on August 23, 2013 in San Diego.; Credit: Bill Wechter/Getty Images

California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ office is investigating Bob Filner for criminal wrongdoing, but her office has not provided any details. The out-going San Diego mayor is also facing a potential new lawsuit morning, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune. A city parks employee is filing a claim against the city – step one for a lawsuit – alleging Filner grabbed and molested her.

Could that account – and some of the other harrassment claims by nearly 20 women – amount to assault charges? What about the other investations into financial improprieties? When the sexual harrassment accusations began to pile up, the city council started looking at Filner’s credit card transcations and charges for a trip to Paris. With Filner’s resignation, will these probes shrink away?

Craig Gustafson, Local government and politics reporter for the U-T San Diego

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