Bill Cosby is declared a 'sexually violent predator'

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Bill Cosby is declared a 'sexually violent predator'

Judge O'Neill also chose to designate Cosby a "sexually violent predator" under Pennsylvania law.

"All I'm asking for is justice as the court sees fit", she said. He chose not to make a statement when the judge asked if he had anything to say.

In the past few years, more than 60 women have come forward to claim Cosby drugged and/or assaulted them over the past five decades in similar circumstances to what Constand described in her case.

Throughout the nearly two-day sentencing, the prosecution reiterated Cosby's crimes and what they call his "predatory" nature: "He violated Ms. Constand's trust, which, unbeknownst to her, he spent time and energy cultivating with the specific intent of having sexual contact with her. Unfortunately, all we can do is hold the perpetrator accountable", said Gianna Constand, the trial victim's mother, who testified Monday that her daughter's buoyant personality was forever changed after the attack.

A defense psychologist says the chances that Bill Cosby will commit another sex offense are "extraordinarily low" because he's old, legally blind and needs help getting around.

Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill made the decision as he weighed the punishment for Cosby for violating Temple University women's basketball administrator Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia estate in 2004.

The disgraced Cosby Show star arrived at court on Tuesday morning with a smile on his face as he walked in alongside his legal team and handlers.

District Attorney Kevin Steele asked O'Neill to impose the maximum sentence of five to 10 years in state prison, and to reject defense arguments that Cosby should be allowed to serve any sentence under house arrest.

Cosby's side didn't call any character witnesses, and his wife of 54 years, Camille, was not in court.

She also talked about how she was affected after going public with her accusations against Cosby.

Cosby, whose estimated fortune once topped $400 million, broke barriers in the 1960s as the first black actor to star in a network show, "I Spy". Cosby did not testify at either of his two trials.

Constand testified that Cosby knocked her out with pills, then molested her during an encounter at his home in 2004.

"The suggestion that Mr. Cosby is unsafe is not supported by anything other than the frenzy", defense lawyer Joseph Green Jr. said, urging the judge to disregard the media attention and demonstrators gathering outside the Pennsylvania courthouse.

"Bill Cosby took my attractive, healthy young spirit and crushed it", Constand wrote. He said the Montgomery County district attorney used falsified evidence against his client, pointing to an audio recording Constand's mother, Gianna Constand, took of a phone conversation with Cosby about the assault.

"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".

She said she didn't report the assault at the time because, "The shame was overwhelming".

The comedian was arrested in 2015 and a deadlocked jury resulted in a mistrial in June 2017.

Five other accusers took the stand at the trial as part of an effort by prosecutors to portray him as a predator.

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