Bill Cosby is ruled a sexually violent predator ahead of his sentencing

Posted September 26, 2018

Comedian Bill Cosby is taken into custody at Montgomery County Courthouse September 25, 2018 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, after being sentenced to at least 3 years in prison and branded a "sexually violent predator" for assaulting a woman at his Philadelphia mansion 14 years ago.

NY magazine contacted 42 colleges that had granted Cosby honorary degrees and found that, as of June, 33 of them, including the college he attended, Temple University, had revoked the honor.

During the sentencing hearing, it was expected defense attorneys pointed to Cosby's age - he is 81 - declining health, and the fact that this is his first criminal conviction to try and persuade the judge to offer a shorter sentence. Reactions to the sentence varied, with some saying they were glad the disgraced comedian was headed to prison, others saying he deserved more time, and a number of people drawing comparisons to other prominent figures accused of sexual misconduct.

O'Neill, who had convicted Cosby, ruled earlier in the day that Cosby qualified as a "sexually violent predator" under Pennsylvania law, which would place conditions on him should he be released from prison, including registering as a sex offender, undergoing mandatory counseling and notifying the community of his sex offender status.

He added: 'As she [Constand] said, Mr. Cosby, you took her attractive, healthy young spirit and crushed it'.

A forensics expert who analyzed the recording told Cosby's defense team that it was "not a true representation of the original content or conversation", according to Camille Cosby's statement.

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Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele rejected the call for a softer punishment.

"Bill Cosby took my attractive, healthy young spirit and crushed it", she wrote. "Dr. Cosby has been one of the greatest civil rights leaders in the United States for over the last 50 years". Cosby declined to participate in the evaluation by Dudley, who said she came to her determination by reviewing trial transcripts and other reports. Prosecutors asked for 5 to 10 years behind bars, saying he could still pose a threat to women. Cosby's lawyers had asked to delay sentencing until December.

O'Neill also made a decision to designate Cosby a "sexually violent predator" under Pennsylvania law.

Constand stood at Steele's side but shook her head to say she had no comment.

Some celebrities weighed in with comments about the sexual assault accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, which Kavanaugh has denied.

He's 80 years old. "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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Wyatt also accused prosecutors, without evidence, of falsifying evidence.

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

She also wrote of Cosby: "We may never know the full extent of his double life as a sexual predator, but his decades-long reign of terror as a serial rapist is over".

Cosby's first trial in 2017 ended in a mistrial when jurors could not reach a unanimous verdict.

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

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