Sep 25 (con’t)
Bill Cosby was led away in handcuffs after being sentenced to 3-10 years for drugging and sexually assaulting a Toronto woman.
He has also been deemed a ‘sexually violent predator’ and as such, will have to appear on a sex offender registry and undergo monthly counselling for rest of his life.
Judge Steven O’Neill told his victim, Andrea Constand, that he had heard the very clear impact the assault took on her life.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]”This was a serious crime. Mr Cosby, this has all circled back to you. The day has come, the time has come.”[/perfectpullquote]
A Cosby spokesman dismissed the trial as “the most racist and sexist” in the history of the US, and said the convicted man was a victim of a “sex war”.
Sixty other women have also accused Cosby of sexual misconduct but, due to the statute of limitations, charges have not been brought.
Bill Cosby finds out today if he’s going to prison and if he’ll be labelled a violent sexual predator.
A judge will decide after Cosby gets a final opportunity to address the court on his three convictions for aggravated indecent assault.
Each conviction carries a maximum ten-year sentence, but the judge yesterday merged the three into one because they all stem from the same event meaning the 881-year-old could be sentenced to just one ten-year stretch.
A two-day sentencing hearing begins today for comedian Bill Cosby after his conviction for Sexual Assault.
The 81-year-old, once known as America’s dad, was found guilty in a 2004 attack on ex-basketball player Andrea Constand.
He could be sentenced to 10 years in prison on each of three counts though some legal observers suggest they could be merged into one term of 10 years. And because there is no mandatory minimum for the convictions Cosby could be sentenced to probation, or to continue his house arrest.
The sentencing hearing will also decide whether Cosby will be designated a “sexually violent predator”. If he is, he will be obliged to register as a sex offender for life, instead of for a shorter time-frame determined by a judge.