Sexual predator Bill Cosby sent to prison for up to ten years

Toby Graves
September 26, 2018

Cosby was led out of the courtroom today in handcuffs and will spend the first few days of his sentence at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility outside Philadelphia before entering state prison.

Cosby's lawyers asked for house arrest, saying Cosby - who is legally blind - is too old and vulnerable to do time in prison.

He will be one of 86 inmates over age 80 held by Pennsylvania's Department of Corrections, where the two oldest inmates are both 91, Worden said. But as CNN notes, the judge didn't have to stick to the guidelines.

"Sexually Violent Predator" status requires lifetime registration, lifetime mandatory sex offender counseling with a treatment provider and notification of the community that a "sexually violent predator" lives in the area.

The woman Bill Cosby was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting said in a statement released at the comedian's sentencing Tuesday that she has had to cope with years of anxiety and self-doubt that have left her "stuck in a holding pattern".

The case involving Constand, a former Temple University employee turned massage therapist, was the only one out of dozens of allegations against him that was recent enough to be prosecuted.

"Finally, Bill Cosby has been unmasked and we have seen the real man as he is headed off to prison". "He robbed me of my health and vitality, my open nature and my trust in myself and others", she said.

Cosby, who is 81, chose not to speak in court before the sentencing.

Sonia Ossorio, president of the National Organization for Women of NY, praised Constand and each of the more than 60 women who have come forward to tell their stories about Cosby.

Yet Cosby's publicist, Andrew Wyatt, maintained his client's innocence in a weird Tuesday afternoon press conference in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

Cosby did not testify at the trial and has spoken publicly only infrequently since his criminal trial began.

NOVEMBER: Cosby's defense team was dealt a setback after judge denied two motions while they were fighting the charges.

Cosby was convicted for violating Andrea Constand at his estate in 2004.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said the 81-year-old used his fame and fortune to "hide his true self and hide his crimes", intimidating his victims into keeping them silent for decades.

But O'Neill thought otherwise.

Defense lawyer Joseph Green Jr. urged the judge ignore the protests and activism surrounding the case, and send Cosby home on house arrest. "He has also been one of the greatest educators for men and boys over the last 50 years".

JANUARY: Constand, now back home in suburban Toronto, tells her mother something happened with Cosby. Prosecutors questioned whether Foley got a complete picture of Cosby's alleged deviance. Cosby's first trial in 2017 ended in a mistrial when jurors could not reach a unanimous verdict.

Cosby's attorneys have already filed an appeal. "The courageous survivors who spoke out and the diligent prosecutors made his trial and conviction possible", Ossorio says.

Former TV star Bill Cosby has been jailed for between three to 10 years for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman.

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