Man boasts he had sex with mayor 

Mayor Gavin Newsom said he has had other stalkers since coming into political office, but said he filed a restraining order against a 42-year-old Hayward man because he "crossed the line" by working his way into Newsom’s apartment building in the late evening hours last month.

On Wednesday, a San Francisco Superior Court judge issued a three-year restraining order against Han Sup Shin, which prohibits him from coming within 100 yards of the mayor’s person, place of business, home and vehicles. Shin is also ordered not to call Newsom’s staff members.

Newsom: Incident will not prompt added security. 

When Shin showed up outside Newsom’s home on Valentine’s Day at around midnight, his intention was to "engage in sexual activity," according to San Francisco police Inspector Jeff Lindberg, who testified at Wednesday’s court hearing. Shin later bragged to friends that he and Newsom had sex, said Lindberg, who added that it was "untrue."

Legal action was taken against Shin, "because he got in the house; that’s when he crossed the line," Newsom told The Examiner. The restraining order against Shin is the only one filed on behalf of Newsom, according to the City Attorney’s Office. The mayor did not attend the court hearing.

Newsom’s security staff first noticed Shin’s interest in the mayor about three years ago, Lindberg testified. The 5-foot-6-inch man wasn’t considered a threat until last month, when he began to grab the mayor and demand his attention at public events, Lindberg said.

Although Shin never got into Newsom’s Russian Hill apartment, he did access the building. After he was asked to leave, he sat in his car and at one point put on purple gloves, Lindberg said. The doorman called the police, who found photographs of Newsom, among other items evidencing Shin’s obsession, in the car.

Shin has contacted other city officials — including Supervisors Bevan Dufty and Ed Jew — but with considerably less intensity.

"He was overzealous with me, but not a stalker," Dufty said.

"When he crossed some physical boundaries, I stopped him and directly told him his conduct was unacceptable," he said. "It ended."

Newsom said he’s had a number of incidents with members of the public that have been "problematic," some due to his decisions to authorize same-sex marriages and implement a housing program for homelesspeople.

Shin did not appear in court on Wednesday because he is in jail for a March 2 incident during which he allegedly broke into a former lover’s home and tried to run over the man’s roommate.

His older brother, Michael Shin, said that the family did not want to speak about Han Shin’s legal troubles, but said the man has a history of mental illness.

Mayor vows to remain outgoing

(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Mayor Gavin Newsom — shown with homeless constituents waiting in line for services at the San Francisco Project Homeless Connect on February 28 — says he will continue to be accessible.

Mayor Gavin Newsom said a threatening stalker will not bring an increase in personal security or limit the open access the public has with the young, outgoing mayor.

Although Newsom has five plainclothes security guards on his staff, only one or two are usually on hand when he goes out, and they stay several yards away from the mayor.

During public appearances, many people approach him as if he were a celebrity or a friend. Instances such as people asking for their photo to be taken, their baby to be held or simply a "Hey, Gavin!" shouted from a car are a daily occurrence, and one the mayor does not want to stop because of this recent stalker.

"If they can’t come up to you, they’re not going to engage you in a way that’s real and substantive, which gives you perspective."

Newsom said Wednesday that he’d prefer not to have security with him, saying "it’s intimidating for other people. When police officers are around you, people don’t come up to you."

"I make my own way to work on my own. Every week, I walk the Tenderloin by myself, without security," Newsom said. "For me, it’s all about maintaining perspective.";

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