San Diego City Council candidate John Hartley pleaded no contest Monday to a misdemeanor charge of committing a lewd act in public and was immediately sentenced to three years probation and fined $500.
A misdemeanor charge of urinating in public was dismissed under the plea deal, according to Hartley's attorney, Michael Pancer, who entered the plea on his client's behalf.
The District 3 candidate was also ordered to stay away from a Vista Street residence where he was arrested and to have no contact with the occupants there, said Chris Morris, supervising deputy for the San Diego City Attorney's criminal division.
The resolution to Hartley's case came on the same day the charges were filed against him.
Hartley's attorney entered the plea on his client's behalf. Hartley was not required to appear before Commissioner Robert C. Rice because the charge was a misdemeanor. The attorney said he will ask the court in 18 months to dismiss the entire case.
Hartley, 65, was placed under citizen's arrest March 27 after he allegedly was seen urinating into a cup and masturbating on Vista Street near Adams Avenue in Kensington, police said.
Hartley, a candidate in the June 3 primary for District 3, sat on the council from 1989 to 1993.
District 3 in San Diego is represented by Councilwoman Toni Atkins, who cannot seek re-election because of term limits. District 3 encompasses Balboa Park, City Heights, Golden Hill, Hillcrest, Kensington, Normal Heights, North Park, South Park, Talmadge and University Heights.
Hartley lives in Normal Heights.
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