August 12th, 2013
12:24 PM ET

Bob Filner Quits Harassment Program

Fourteen women have now come forward with allegations against San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, yet he has ended a two-week sexual harassment therapy one week early.

He has offered no explanation or defense to the waves of complaints, and calls for him to step down grow louder by the day.

This morning, “Filner is believed to be back in the city he governs, after checking out of rehab a week before he publicly said he would finish,” reports CNN's Kyung Lah.

But Filner's residents overwhelmingly want him to keep his distance.

“Really mayor? You did what you did and now you want to stay as mayor?" asks San Diego Resident William Sawaya. “You're not staying as mayor.”

U.S. Senator and fellow Democrat Barbara Boxer also wants him out of office. She wrote an open letter to Filner saying, "You must resign."

“She adds, the latest revelations regarding ‘women recovering from sexual assault…have shaken me to my core,’” Lah reports.

Senator Boxer’s words refer to CNN's exclusive interview with two women, both former military and rape survivors, who say they were then harassed by Filner at a support meeting.

“We're all victims of military sexual assault,” says Eldonna Lewis Fernandez, (Ret) MSgt. USAF. “And it appears to me that he was targeting the organization and hitting on the women of this organization because they were easy prey.”

San Deigo attorney's office, the sheriff's department, and the California attorney general's office are currently all working on investigating the mayor.

“Filner's Chief of Staff reportedly changed the locks on the mayor's office, to preserve what she calls potential evidence,” Lah reports.

“The mayor remains on personal leave amid the growing chorus for him to resign.”

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