Bill Cosby a 'sexually violent predator', court hears
26 September, 2018, 15:44
Disgraced comedian Bill Cosby received a prison sentence of between 3 and 10 years Tuesday afternoon for sexual assault, in line with what prosecutors had been asking for.
Bill Cosby has been sentenced to three to 10 years in state prison for drugging and molesting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home.
The designation means the fallen funnyman will spend the rest of his life in periodic counseling and treatment, in addition to having to register for life with the state police.
Cosby, 81, has also been categorised as a sexually violent predator, meaning he must undergo counselling for life and be listed on the sex offender registry. They had also asked the judge to levy a $US25,000 ($35,000) fine on Cosby and make him pay court costs.
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". He denied the defense's request for a limited sentence fo house arrest or probation.
Before handing down the prison sentence, Judge O'Neill also chose to designate Cosbya "sexually violent predator" under Pennsylvania law.
"To truly understand the impact that the sexual assault has had on my life, you have to understand the person that I was before it happened", it begins. She wrote, "Bill Cosby took my handsome, healthy young spirit and crushed it".
"Instead of looking back, I am looking forward to looking forward".
Meanwhile, a defence psychologist testified Tuesday that the chances of the comedian committing another sex offence are "extraordinarily low" because he is old, legally blind and needs help getting around. A new team of prosecutors took up the case based on Constand's and Cosby'sstatements in a civil deposition, and arrested him in December 2015. "He is likely to reoffend", Kristen Dudley, a psychologist and a member of the Pennsylvania Sexual Offenders Assessment Board, testified in court. "Finally, Bill Cosby has been unmasked and we have seen the real man as he is headed off to prison".
Constand smiled when Cosby's sentence was read. "Her courage and her strength was enough for me to say, 'Let's keep going'".
"I wanted 30 years but I'm very happy to know that Mr Cosby will do time in prison", said Chelan Lasha, one of his accusers who testified at trial.
Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt said the former TV star planned to remain silent when given the opportunity to address the court.
Cosby cemented his family-friendly reputation playing the affable Dr. Cliff Huxtable in the 1980s television comedy "The Cosby Show".
Prosecutors called on some of Cosby's other accusers as they pushed for a lengthy sentence, with a number of them, including model Janice Dickinson, present at the sentencing hearing. - Statement from Hollywood Walk of Fame on why Cosby's star will remain.
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