Bill Cosby Might Be In Prison On Monday

Toby Graves
September 27, 2018

Cosby was convicted in April on three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault stemming from drugging and molesting Constand in his suburban Philadelphia home 14 years ago.

In other news connected with the case, a bid to have the judge in his case replaced or recused has been rejected and next week, the disgraced star will be sentenced after being found guilty of sexual assaulting a Temple University employee in 2004.

"We are grateful that the court understood the seriousness of Cosby's crime and sentenced him to prison", said Jodi Omear, vice president of communications at RAINN.

Monday's hearing also featured victim impact statements from Constand, her parents and her sister. All of the women told stories that were markedly similar to Constand's: Cosby would offer to be their mentor before plying them with alcohol and drugs and sexually assaulting them.

He is legally blind and lives with wife Camille, who has stuck with him throughout the accusations, saying there had only been "affairs", which the couple had resolved privately. Cosby declined to participate in the evaluation by Dudley, who said she came to her determination by reviewing trial transcripts and other reports. The 80-year-old is facing a maximum of 10 years in prison for each charge, but could receive nothing more than probation.

Early Monday, the court heard expert testimony from a therapist from the state Sexual Offender Assessment Board, who asserted that Cosby does the qualifications of a "predator" who is likely to re-offend.

Lublin and former model Janice Dickinson - another Cosby accuser - were among those in the courtroom today.

Her mother, Gianna Constand, said she "lost the ability to trust anybody" as a result of the assault and her father, Andy Constand, said the attack affected their whole family.

The initial trial ended in a mistrial in July 2017 after the jury was unable to reach a verdict following five days of deliberations.

On Monday, Kristen Dudley, a psychologist for the state of Pennsylvania, testified that Cosby fits the criteria for a sexually violent predator, showing signs of a mental disorder that involves an uncontrollable urge to violate helpless women.

Before sentencing Cosby on Tuesday, Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven O'Neill must rule on whether to designate Cosby a "sexually violent predator" under state law.

Lasha said she prays he gets a 30-year-sentence.

O'Neill may also hold a separate hearing to determine whether Cosby should register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and undergo treatment.

O'Neill last week denied prosecutors' request to present "numerous" witnesses who would testify that Cosby sexually abused them in incidents that did not result in criminal charges, court records show. But lawyers for Cosby say he poses no risk due to his age and legal blindness.

Constand, whose testimony at trial was central to the case against Cosby, spoke for just a few moments in court.

Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill has sentenced Bill Cosby to no less than three years and no more than 10 years in prison.

More than 50 women have come forward to publicly accuse Cosby of sexual assault spanning several decades.

Cosby became the first black actor to star in a prime-time TV show, "I Spy", in 1965. He remained a Hollywood A-lister for much of the next half-century, hitting his peak in the 1980s with the top-rated "Cosby Show" as the warm, wisecracking dad, Dr. Cliff Huxtable.

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