Published: Wed, September 26, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Bill Cosby declared a sexually violent predator

Bill Cosby declared a sexually violent predator

Bill Cosby departs the Montgomery County Courthouse in handcuffs after being sentenced in his sexual assault trial on September 25, 2018 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S. September 25, 2018.

Finding it was appropriate to deem him as such after powerful testimony from the prosecution, Cosby will now be placed under lifetime registration with state police, lifetime sex offender counseling and a community notification will also be given.

Though the charges each carry a maximum possible sentence of 10 years, Judge O'Neill announced that the charges had been merged into one because they all stem from the same event.

His lawyers have argued his frailty and blindness means he does not pose a threat. While the defence asked their client to remain under house arrest pending an appeal, the judge ordered him to be remanded into custody. He remained seated in the courtroom, chatting quietly with his lawyers and two friends during a recess while Montgomery County Judge Steven T. O'Neill considers the issue of bail.

Tuesday's sentencing was a reckoning accusers and prosecutors said was decades in the making for the once-beloved entertainer known for his role as wise and understanding Dr Cliff Huxtable on the top-ranked, 1980s-era Cosby Show. Cosby, 81, once considered to be "America's Dad", had no witnesses testify in his defense today.

He was later convicted of all three aggravated sexual-assault offenses during a retrial in April. Kathy McKee, one of the women assaulted by Cosby, told CNN that learning of the sentence caused her to experience "very hard and deep emotions".

He quoted from Ms Constand's own statement to the court, in which she said Cosby took her "beautiful, young spirit and crushed it".

Constand says she now lives alone with her two dogs, "stuck in a holding pattern" as a middle-aged woman because she has trouble trusting people. "I put a high degree of weight on the impact of the crime on the victim and her family", said O'Neill.

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She said she first met Cosby in 2002, when she served as director of operations for Temple University's women's basketball team. "So lenient that I nearly wouldn't be surprised if Cosby's people only file an appeal of the guilty verdict".

Constand said she felt "paralyzed and completely helpless" during the assault.

"Do you understand that the judge has determined that you qualify as a sexually violent predator?" one of the prosecutors asked.

Several of Cosby's victims arrived to court Monday for the sentencing, including supermodel Janice Dickinson.

According to TMZ, Bill Cosby was sentenced to 3 to 10 years in Pennsylvania state prison following his sexual assault case coming to a close.

Cosby's first trial in 2017 ended in a mistrial when jurors could not reach a unanimous verdict.

Five of his other accusers testified against him during his trial.

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