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Bill Cosby sent to prison for 3 to 10 years

Bill Cosby center leaves the the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown Pa. A representative from the Sexual Offenders Assessment Board has issued an assessment recommending that Bill Cosby be classified as a sexually violent predator. Cosby 81 'America's Dad' Cosby to hear if he will face jail
Melody Ballard | 26 September, 2018, 05:49

United States television icon Bill Cosby, 81, has been sentenced to three to 10 years in jail for drugging and molesting a woman in 2004.

Cosby cemented his family-friendly reputation playing the affable Dr. Cliff Huxtable in the 1980s television comedy "The Cosby Show".

The entertainer once known as "America's Dad" was convicted in April of sexually assaulting Temple University athletics administrator Andrea Constand in 2004. His lawyers asked for house arrest, saying he is too old and vulnerable to go to prison.

Around 60 women, many of them onetime aspiring actresses and models, have publicly branded Cosby as a calculating, serial predator who plied victims with sedatives and alcohol to bed them over four decades.

Bill Cosby has been sentenced to up to ten years in prison after a judge ruled that the actor once deemed America's favourite father figure was a sexually violent predator.

After delivering the sentence, Judge O'Neill said: "Mr Cosby you took her handsome healthy young spirit and crushed it".

Cosby requested to be freed on bail pending appeal but he was shut down quickly as he was remanded into custody according to The Blast.

Psychologist Timothy Foley, testifying for the defense, said that the risk of Cosby re-offending was "extraordinarily low".

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele rejected the notion that "age, infirmity, should somehow equate to mercy". It's believed he will be put in a long-term medical care unit at the maximum security prison. In his more than 50 years in showbiz, the 81-year-old comedian and star of The Cosby Show had racked up enough awards and honors to fill up a small museum.

While Gloria Allred, who represented many of Cosby's accusers, addressed those waiting. This means that Cosby's name will appear in a register of sex offenders that is sent out across neighborhoods and to schools; the label also means that Cosby will have to undergo counseling for the rest of his life.

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During the sentencing hearing, which began on Monday in the US, Judge O'Neill heard from both the defense and the prosecution, as well as testimony and victim impact statements from the women, who have accused Cosby.

The length of Cosby's sentence will be determined by the Philadelphia Department of Corrections.

Steele said, "He was good at hiding this for a long time - good at suppressing this for a long time.So it's taken a long time to get there".

She testified that Cosby has a mental disorder that attracts him to non-consenting women, and that "he is likely to re-offend".

In a statement given to the court and released Tuesday, Constand, 45, said that she has struggled for years with anxiety and self-doubt.

Ms Constand wrote that she stopped eating, sleeping and socialising in the wake of the assault.

In a sentencing memorandum, prosecutors said that "extraordinary display of disrespect" was evidence of "who this convicted criminal defendant actually is".

The decision is ultimately up to O'Neill, who oversaw Cosby's 2018 retrial, as well as his mistrial a year earlier that ended in a hung jury.

Cosby assaulted Constand, who once considered him a mentor, at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

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