Bill Cosby declared a sexually violent predator

Lawrence Kim
September 26, 2018

"So lenient that I nearly wouldn't be surprised if Cosby's people only file an appeal of the guilty verdict".

As an 81-year-old man, that would assuredly be a death sentence.

He was the first celebrity to be convicted for sexual abuse since the start of the #MeToo movement, the national reckoning with misconduct that has brought down dozens of powerful men in entertainment, politics and other fields.

"Recidivism declines after age 70 to become virtually negligible", Foley said.

During Tuesday's hearing, a defense psychologist said the chances that Cosby will commit another sex offense are "extraordinarily low" because he's old, legally blind and needs help getting around.

"This judge. has actually given a rather lenient sentence", Napolitano said.

That has since been eclipsed by his conviction for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a former administrator at his alma mater Temple University, in his Philadelphia-area home in 2004.

While District Attorney Kevin Steele said that Cosby deserved the maximum sentence of five to 10 years in state prison, defense attorney Joseph P. Green Jr. argued for a sentence that did not include incarceration, saying that to imprison the 81-year-old Cosby would be an "excessive hardship".

Cosby was smiling and joking with his spokesman and sheriff's deputies as he settled into the courtroom Tuesday.

Psychologist Kristen Dudley testified on Monday that Cosby showed signs of a mental disorder and was likely to reoffend.

He was found guilty in April of three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault. "He's not sorry? He's not sorry at all?" said Kathy Mckee, one of Cosby's accusers in response to the sentence on CNN.

"The victims can not be un-raped". Dickinson threw back her head after Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Steven O'Neill announced Cosby's sentence in court, laughing loudly and slowly.

"The suggestion that Mr. Cosby is risky is not supported by anything other than the frenzy", Green said as demonstrators gathered outside the courthouse.

"To say that he is too old to do that - to say that he should get a pass because its taken this long to catch up to what he's done?" Steele said in court Monday. "What they're asking for is a "get out of jail free" card".

She accused him of drugging and sexually assaulting her in 2004, and charges were filed on the cusp of the statute of limitations kicking in. He remained a Hollywood A-lister for much of the next half-century.

The proceedings took place as women and others across the U.S. protested against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who faces allegations of sexual misconduct by two women.

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