What is a sexually violent predator?

Brenda Watkins
September 27, 2018

The judge ruled on Cosby's sex-offender status after a defence psychologist, Timothy Foley, testified that the chances of the comedian committing another sex offence are "extraordinarily low" because he is old, legally blind and needs help getting around. Mr. Cosby, this has all circled back to you. "No one is above the law".

Although the crime carries a maximum of 10 years in prison, Pennsylvania sentencing guidelines provide a range of 22 and 36 months, although the length of sentence can go up an additional year for "aggravated circumstances". Prosecutors asked for five to 10 years behind bars, saying the comic could still be a threat to women.

Disgraced US comedian Bill Cosby, 81, was sentenced to at least three years in prison on Tuesday.

The punishment, which also included a $25,000 fine, came at the end of a two-day hearing at which the judge declared Cosby a "sexually violent predator" a modern-day scarlet letter that subjects him to monthly counselling for the rest of his life and requires that neighbours and schools be notified of his whereabouts.

Prison officials will process Cosby at the nearby state prison in Schwenksville before determining in which of Pennsylvania's 22 male prisons he will serve his sentence, prison spokeswoman Amy Worden wrote in an email.

Once a groundbreaking actor, Cosby was accused by dozens of women of drugging and sexually assaulting them over his decades as a powerful media figure. He did not know about the quaalude prescriptions Cosby secured specifically for sex. Prosecutors are asking for five to 10 years in prison. Steele said, his voice rising.

As sentencing neared, Cosby's wife issued a blistering statement accusing O'Neill of "unethical behavior" and traveled to Harrisburg to file a complaint with a judicial ethics board.

The comedian showed no emotion as the sentence was handed down in a Pennsylvania courtroom Tuesday by Judge Steven O'Neill, who called Cosby a "sexually violent predator".

"It's been a long time coming, but today, justice has been served", chief prosecutor Kevin Steele told a news conference.

"Bill Cosby seeing the inside of a prison cell sends a strong message that predators - no matter who they are, from Hollywood to Wall Street to the Supreme Court - can no longer be protected at the expense of victims", said Sonia Ossorio, president of the National Organization for Women of NY.

Cosby has been denied bail, and taken into custody.

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Once a once towering figure in late 20th century American popular culture and the first black actor to grace primetime U.S. television, he brought no character witnesses, declined to address the court or emphasize past years of philanthropic work as mitigating circumstances in his favor. "He's holding up well".

What sentence did Bill Cosby receive?

Once a towering figure in late 20th century American popular culture and the first black actor to grace primetime U.S. television, Cosby was a hero for decades, particularly among African Americans.

Cosby became the first black actor to star in a prime-time TV show, "I Spy", in 1965.

But not once has Cosby publicly expressed any remorse.

He declined to testify in court or produce any witnesses to emphasise past years of philanthropic work as mitigating circumstances in his favor.

"Bill Cosby took my handsome, healthy young spirit and crushed it", she wrote.

"He robbed me of my health and vitality, my open nature and my trust in myself and others", Constand wrote in a five-page impact statement.

"Now, nearly 15 years later, I'm a middle-aged woman who's been stuck in a holding pattern for most of her adult life, unable to heal fully or to move forward".

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