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TODAY   |  October 16, 2013

Former San Diego mayor pleads guilty to 3 charges

71-year old former mayor Bob Filner pleaded guilty to two counts of battery and one false imprisonment charge, giving him three years of probation following three months of home confinement and mental health counseling. NBC’s Mike Taibbi reports.

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>>> filler pleaded guilty for three criminal come planlts for his behavior toward three accusers. he'll escape prison but his legal troubles are far from over.

>> except for a thin smile at the start of his court appearance, 71-year-old bob filner showed no emotion and said nothing beyond yes, sir when asked if he was guilty of the three charges against him.

>> is that true, sir.

>> yes, sir.

>> reporter: misdemeanor complaints of battery against two victims and would be felony for false imprisonment at a fund-raising event. he was elected san diego 's mayor last november but in june his own communications director accused him of sexual harassment followed by a parade of 20 other women alleging similar misconduct including this army veteran.

>> i felt raped, humiliated, disrespected.

>> reporter: on august 30th he agreed to re-sign. his guilty plea replaces what could have been three years in prison with three years probation following three months of home confinement and mandatory mental health counseling . the plea deal doesn't end the legal troubles completely. civil suit versus been filed by several other victims. but it does bar him from serving in office again. after a five month barrage of allegations that he groped and touched and kissed a range of women that wanted none of that, he said guilty three times in a criminal court . his public career, if not his legal troubles, over.