SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A criminal investigation into the activities of Bob Filner while he was mayor of San Diego is now in the hands of a grand jury, it was reported today.
U-T San Diego cited two lawyers speaking under anonymity who said their clients have been subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury the week after next at the San Diego County Courthouse. It’s unknown what kind of charges are being considered.
The San Diego Sheriff’s Department undertook an investigation after sexual harassment complaints were lodged against Filner in July, and set up a dedicated phone line for women to call with allegations. They planned to forward any potential case to the state Attorney General’s Office.
Those agencies are involved because the San Diego Police Department and county District Attorney’s Office — led by Bonnie Dumanis, who ran against Filner for mayor last year — had conflicts of interest.
Officials with the sheriff’s and state prosecutors have repeatedly refused to comment about the investigation. Grand jury proceedings are secret.
Filner also faces a civil lawsuit filed by his former communications director, Irene McCormack Jackson, who is represented by attorney Gloria Allred. She alleges Filner told her she should work without panties on, that he wanted to see her naked and could not wait to consummate their relationship.
McCormack Jackson — the first of about 20 women to come forward — also alleges Filner put his arm around her and dragged her along in a headlock while making sexual remarks. It was mediation over her lawsuit that led the 71- year-old former congressman to resign Aug. 30 after less than nine months in office.
Filner also has been accused of shaking down developers and misusing a city-issued credit card.
When he resigned, he apologized but also blamed a “lynch mob” mentality for his downfall.