The presidency in Israel is largely a ceremonial position; political power rests with the prime minister.
The Katsav case was among a series of scandals that have eroded Israelis' confidence in their leaders. Justice Minister Haim Ramon quit after being accused of forcibly kissing a female soldier and later was convicted of an indecent act. Corruption allegations also have swirled around top officials, including Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
The president faced possible indictment on charges that he raped and sexually harassed female subordinates while serving as president and earlier as tourism minister. In January, Mazuz warned Katsav that authorities had enough evidence to indict on allegations involving four women, but the attorney general had yet to issue formal charges.
Katsav agreed to plead guilty to lesser charges, including sexual harassment, indecent acts, and harassment of a witness, Mazuz said yesterday. Katsav will pay damages, but prison time was suspended under the deal, which requires court approval. The court is expected to act next week