Judge deems Cosby ‘sexually violent predator’ at sentencing hearing

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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.

Disgraced comedian Bill Cosby was sentenced to three to 10 years in Pennsylvania state prison on Tuesday afternoon following his conviction on three counts of aggravated indecent assault in April. Cosby did not testify at either of his two trials. -Cosby's wife, Camille. Steele rejected the allegation. He faces anything from probation to 10 years in prison.

A defense psychologist testified at Bill Cosby's sentencing Tuesday that the chances of the comedian committing another sex offense are "extraordinarily low" because he is old, blind and needs help getting around.

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

"But I'm very happy to know that Mr. Cosby will do time in prison - that he's touchable like he touched us", Lasha said.

The sentencing came as another extraordinary #MeToo drama unfolded on Capitol Hill, where Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh stands accused of sexual misconduct more than three decades ago.

Cosby's first trial in 2017 ended with a hung jury.

Green also downplayed the outburst on Monday, saying that "Mr. Cosby's frustration got the better of him".

Constand was seen standing next to the district attorney, but did not speak to reporters.

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When the first trial ended in a deadlock in June 2017, the defense attacked the judge and prosecutor from the courthouse steps. Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill in a ruling Wednesday asks prosecutors if they hope to call the five trial witnesses.

"The suggestion that Mr. Cosby is unsafe is not supported by anything other than the frenzy", Green said as demonstrators gathered outside the courthouse. He could end up in a long-term medical care unit. A renowned TV star and once known for breaking racial barriers have now been termed as a sexually violent predator by the Montgomery Country court.

In the statement, Constand recounts exhaustion, loss of appetite, traumatic nightmares, and an "overwhelming" sense of shame in the weeks following the sexual assault. "I put a high degree of weight on the impact of the crime on the victim and her family", said O'Neill.

Cosby's lawyers had fought the "sexually violent predator" designation, arguing that Pennsylvania's sex-offender law remains unconstitutional despite several revisions.

'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'.

Judge Steven O'Neill made the determination Tuesday after hearing expert testimony and arguments from the state and Cosby's lawyers. The judge added, "As she [Constand] said, Mr. Cosby, you took her handsome, healthy young spirit and crushed it".

He was also reported to have declined to make a statement when a judge gave him the opportunity.

Green, Cosby's attorney, asked for a sentence of house arrest and said that Cosby was not a danger to anyone.

The person who said that was Cosby's psychologist, Dr. Timothy Foley. Nine of those women as well as Constand were present at the sentencing.

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