- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 21, 2013

Pressure continues to mount for San Diego Mayor Bob Filner to resign after allegations of sexual harassment by female staffers, with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department announcing the creation of a new complaint line specifically for accusations against the embattled Democrat.

The department announced Friday it would be the lead investigative agency for any complaints against Mr. Filner. The sheriff’s office then will forward information to the state attorney general’s office for possible prosecution, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

Mr. Filner issued a statement late Friday in response to the complaint line.


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“I very much welcome the fact that some of these allegations will finally be addressed by an appropriate investigative authority rather than by press conference and innuendo,” he said. “As I have stated before, everyone deserves due process and I am encouraged an effort to implement that has begun.”

Three former supporters, including former City Councilwoman Donna Frye, came forward last week with allegations that Mr. Filner sexually harassed several unidentified women, the Union-Tribune reported.

He responded to the claims in an interview on Tuesday, saying he simply needs to “have a greater sense of awareness” to prevent future misunderstandings, the Huffington Post reported.

No formal complaints or lawsuits have been lodged against Mr. Filner. He has made it clear he has no plans to resign.