Bill Cosby faces 5-10 years in jail for sexual assault

Deanna Kelley
September 27, 2018

Judge O'Neill announced that the charges had been merged into one because they all stem from the same event.

Steele said Cosby could be sent to Laurel Highlands, a state prison for lower-risk inmates on the other side of the state, about 70 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

Monday's hearing also featured victim impact statements from Constand, her parents and her sister.

The sentencing of Bill Cosby is underway, and the disgraced comedian will face one of his accusers during the process.

Andrew Constand said it was painful for him to hear his daughter portrayed by defense lawyers as a "pathological liar" and a "drug addict".

Dr Kristen Dudley, a psychologist and member of Pennsylvania's State Sexual Offenders Assessment Board, said he should receive the label, which would necessitate community notification of his whereabouts, lifetime counselling and be permanently attached to his name.

She noted that Cosby "repeatedly engaged in grooming and sexual offending behavior with young adult females", and said individuals with a sexual disorder like his "are inclined, urged, to act upon this". Lawmakers in Pennsylvania and elsewhere have repeatedly rewritten their sex-offender reporting laws after courts found them vague and unfairly punitive.

Dudley rejected defense arguments that Cosby was elderly, blind, and that no new allegations have been made against him since 2004.

Cosby has declined to participate in any evaluation on his mental state to decide whether he was sexually violent predator.

Meanwhile, Constand said in a statement submitted to the court and released Tuesday that she has had to cope with years of anxiety and self-doubt that have left her "stuck in a holding pattern". The judge is expected to sentence Cosby on Tuesday.

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The guilty verdict brought an end to a long-running downward spiral for Cosby, who was accused by dozens of women of similar crimes after public interest in his rape allegations was renewed.

She also took into account testimony from six other women who testified in the two trials that the man once revered as "America's Dad" also supplied them pills and sexually assaulted them.

Attorney Gloria Allred, who represents three of the five accusers allowed to testify in the trial, that if Cosby does not serve his time in prison it will be a case of "celebrity justice".

Cosby arrived Monday and Tuesday with his spokespeople, Wyatt and Ebonee Benson.

Cosby did not testify at the trial and has spoken publicly only infrequently since his criminal trial began. But when prosecutors asked the judge to revoke his bail because, they claimed, he has a private plane, Cosby stood up and yelled, "He doesn't have a plane, you a**hole", referring to himself in the third-person.

His blindness would also lead to him receiving special treatment if he were to get locked up.

According to The Guardian, it is rumoured that Cosby plans to appeal against the conviction, with his lawyers expected to argue for leniency, considering his age, his health, and the fact that he is legally blind.

The judge who oversaw both trials, Steven O'Neill, allowed prosecutors to call five additional accusers to tell their stories at the second proceeding, bolstering Constand's account.

Ahead of the sentencing, Constand wrote a five-page letter to the court explaining how Cosby's assault - and the ensuing legal battle - had changed her life.

"The victims can not be un-raped".

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