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Bill Cosby, sentenced for up to 10 years in prison for sexual assault

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  • Tue, 09/25/2018 - 21:07
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  • EFE

Comedian Bill Cosby was sentenced, in a local court in Norristown, in the state of Pennsylvania, to between three and ten years in prison for various crimes of sexual assault on a woman.

On the second day of Cosby's sentencing hearing, the judge imposed a maximum sentence of ten years in prison, who was described by the magistrate as a "sexually violent predator".

The charges for which the comedian was convicted in April by a jury are penetration without consent, penetration while unconscious and penetration after administering an intoxicant.

Cosby's label as "sexually violent predator" implies that his name will appear on a sex offender registry sent to schools and that he must undergo counselling sessions for the rest of his life.

The charge for which Cosby has been tried is the sexual assault of Canadian Andrea Constand in 2004, when the comedian invited her to his mansion in Cheltenham (Pennsylvania) and gave her some pills that left her incapacitated and then he violated her.

Although the maximum sentence he could have received was three decades behind bars, the prosecution itself had requested a sentence ranging from five to ten years in prison.

More than 60 women have accused Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting them between 1960 and 2000, although those cases did not prosper because the statute of limitations had expired and only Constand's allegations were brought to trial.

Also, the State's advocacy urged yesterday to the magistrate that the ruling was exemplary for the rest of society in terms of sexual abuse and send the message that nobody is above the law.

According to the prosecutor's account, Cosby at 82 presents a risk to women, an aspect used to request that he be arrested and that he has been accepted by the magistrate.

Meanwhile, the defense had portrayed the now convicted as an elderly dependent who does not pose a risk to society, and today provided the testimony of a psychologist to support his request to be released.

EFE

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