Bill Cosby’s Sexual Assault Sentencing Happening In Pennsylvania Now

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Bill Cosby to be sentenced for sexual assault, could face 30 years in prison

The outlet noted that the presiding judge appeared to be "somewhat annoyed" about the situation, telling the defense he felt they were "clearly delaying this" sentencing. "And that didn't involve consent".

Dudley says the assault fits a long pattern of predatory behaviour by the former Cosby Show star. The distinction would subject Cosby to lifetime registration with state police, lifetime sex offender counseling and community notification.

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

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

The defense stated Monday morning that it wanted to hear from the doctor who compiled the original report that Pennsylvania's sex offender board relied on in part for its estimation that Cosby should be designated as a sexually violent predator. Constand, whose testimony at trial was central to the case against Cosby, spoke for just a few moments in court.

"I have given you my victim impact statement".

"Mr Cosby is not unsafe". She said people who commit this sort of aberrant sexual behaviour, which she described as a form of paraphilia, were likely to reoffend.

"Taken in a fuller context of the other witnesses who testified, the prior bad acts witnesses, it creates a picture of a person, of Mr. Cosby, who befriends women, and during the course of the friendship was able to supply them with drugs and alcohol to sedate them", Dudley testified.

Prosecutors are expected to seek a lengthy sentence, citing the nature of Cosby's crime as well as his alleged history of misconduct.

But Cosby's conviction has given hope to many survivors, particularly those whose abuse occurred too long ago to pursue criminal charges, according to Rebecca O'Connor, vice president of public policy at RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network).

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Cosby, 81, was accused by Constand, 45, of drugging and assaulting her when she visited his home in Pennsylvania for career advice in 2004.

Lublin and former model Janice Dickinson - another Cosby accuser - were among those in the courtroom Monday.

Testifying for the prosecution, the doctor claimed Cosby had a mental abnormality, a "paraphilic disorder" in which he targeted "nonconsenting women".

Due to Cosby's lack of apologies to his victims, his lack of public remorse and his criticism for the judge, Steven T. O'Neill there is a lot stacked against him.

Green downplayed the outburst on Monday when requesting that Cosby receive house arrest.

"Green suggested an alternative punishment program would be more appropriate".

Cosby has remained out of prison for the past five months on $1 million bail, and his lawyers said they plan to appeal his convictions.

Cosby, who was found guilty in April, is the first celebrity to face a possible prison sentence since the start of the #MeToo movement, the national reckoning with sexual misconduct that has brought down dozens of powerful men in entertainment, politics and other fields.

Her mother, Gianna Constand, said she "lost the ability to trust anybody" as a result of the assault and her father, Andy Constand, said the attack affected their whole family. "The victims can not be un-raped".

Andrea Constand's father, Andrew, told the court: "The thought of what happened to my daughter ... will always be with me forever like a dark cloud hanging over my head".

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