Judge Declares Bill Cosby a 'Sexually Violent Predator'

Bill Cosby deemed a sexually violent predator, judge rules

Bill Cosby deemed a sexually violent predator, judge rules

Comedian Bill Cosby, 81, has been sentenced for his 2004 sexual assault of Andrea Constand. "Judgment day has come", said Gloria Allred in a press appearance while it rained.

The punishment came at the end of a two-day hearing. The time has come.

Gloria Allred, who represents several women accusing Cosby of sexual assault, praised the sentence.

Nine of those women as well as Constand were present at the sentencing.

Unsealed depositions from that civil court case, which included Cosby's confession to purchasing Quaaludes to drug women with, helped to open the criminal investigation which eventually led to Cosby's conviction this year. As people waited for the judge's bail decision in the hallway, where court officials had ushered them, the man once known as "America's favorite father figure" sat with his attorneys and took off some of his clothes.

Cosby's lawyer Joseph Green, his third lead counsel since his arrest and charging in December 2015, called the risk of re-offence "next to zero". Cosby was booked into Montgomery County Correctional Facility and transferred to Pennsylvania's State Correctional Institute at Phoenix on Tuesday evening.

Cosby's defense said earlier they plan to appeal his conviction.

At his initial trial a year ago, Cosby's first jury was deadlocked. He could eventually be sent to a state prison that has separate units for geriatric prisoners and programs for sex offenders.

A forensics expert who analyzed the recording told Cosby's defense team that it was "not a true representation of the original content or conversation", according to Camille Cosby's statement.

Constand and nine women who also have accused Cosby of sexually predatory acts were in court Tuesday morning to hear Judge Steven T. O'Neill deliver his verdict.

Cosby was found guilty in April of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a former women's basketball coach at Temple University in Philadelphia.

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The sentencing came as another #MeToo drama unfolded on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC, where Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh stands accused of sexual misconduct more than 30 years ago.

"It's been a long journey to get here and today justice was served". But following his retrial this year, it took just 14 hours of deliberation for the new jury to convict him on three counts of sexual assault (which were merged into one count during sentencing).

The classification means that Cosby must undergo monthly counseling for the rest of his life and report quarterly to authorities.

As part of the sentence, the judge also ordered him to pay a fine of $25,000 plus the costs of prosecution.

Constand went to police a year after waking up in a fog at Cosby's gated estate, her clothes askew, only to have the district attorney pass on the case.

Consequently, Cosby was categorised as a sexually violent predator.

His lawyer Joseph Green, had asked for house arrest saying Cosby - who is legally blind - was too old and helpless to do time and there was "no reasonable prospect" of his reoffending.

In an impact statement released yesterday, Ms Constand wrote that she stopped eating, sleeping and socialising in the wake of the assault.

The judge said that even considering Cosby's age and blindness, "he could quite possibly be a danger to the community". "Finally, Bill Cosby has been unmasked, and we've seen the real man as he's heading off to prison".

"I am glad that Bill Cosby was convicted".

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