Sex abuser Bill Cosby could strike again, court is told

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 26, 2018

The 81-year-old arrived at a Pennsylvania courthouse Monday for a two-day sentencing hearing.

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.

The sentencing can't take place until O'Neill decides whether to classify Cosby as a sexually violent predator, as it can affect sentencing and conditions placed on a person while in prison and afterward.

Montgomery County prosecutors asked a judge on Monday to sentence Cosby to five to 10 years in prison for the 2004 sexual assault of Andrea Constand, saying he had shown "no remorse" for his actions. Given his advanced age and health issues, it's likely that Cosby's legal team will argue for a lesser sentence.

The man once known as "America's Dad" was found guilty on three counts of aggravated indecent assault on April 26, for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home in a Philadelphia suburb in 2004.

Former model Janice Dickinson, who was among the 60 or so women who have come forward to accuse Cosby of drugging and violating them over the past five decades, looked at Cosby and said: "Here's the last laugh pal". Constand smiled broadly upon hearing the punishment and was hugged by others in the courtroom.

Levenson told NBC that this may not be the case as although he isn't considered a flight risk, he doesn't have any "clear winners" for his appeal, which his attorneys are expected to do.

"Your honor, I have testified", Constand said.

Steele quoted Constand in her statement as saying that Cosby took "my lovely, healthy, young spirit and crushed it". Prosecutors asked for five to 10 years behind bars, saying the comic could still be a threat to women. If so, Cosby will have to undergo monthly counselling and register as a sex offender with police for the rest of his life, rather than for just ten years.

Prosecutors had hoped to have some of the other accusers address the court at sentencing.

Meanwhile, Constand said in a statement submitted to the ocurt and released Tuesday that she has had to cope with years of anxiety and self-doubt that have left her "stuck in a holding pattern". A state panel has said that should happen; his attorneys have argued the board's process is unconstitutional. It's the same home where he's been staying under house arrest on $1 million bail complete with a wearable Global Positioning System monitoring device.

Lasha said she was a teenage aspiring actress in 1986 when she lay immobilized and unable to speak as Cosby touched her breast and rubbed himself against her leg.

With the multitude of allegations facing Cosby, he could be looking at decades of jail time.

Many of Cosby's alleged victims planned to meet ahead of the sentencing to go to the courtroom together today.

Cosby, who grew up in public housing in Philadelphia, became the first black actor to star in a prime-time TV show, "I Spy", in 1965.

The sentencing hearing, which could extend into Tuesday, could also feature testimony and victim impact statements from women, including Constand, who have accused Cosby of assault.

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