Bill Cosby Is Going to Prison

Judge sentences him to 3 to 10 years
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 25, 2018 11:42 AM CDT
Updated Sep 25, 2018 1:12 PM CDT

(Newser) – Bill Cosby will be going to prison at 81. The judge in the case said Tuesday that he will put Cosby behind bars for three to 10 years, per AP, for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman over a decade ago in what led to the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era. Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill said he would not settle for probation or "partial confinement" such as house arrest, reports the New York Post. The judge also labeled Cosby a "sexually violent predator," reports the AP. The classification means that Cosby must undergo lifetime counseling and report quarterly to authorities. His name will appear on a sex-offender registry sent to neighbors, schools, and victims.

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The once-beloved entertainer dubbed America's Dad for his role as Dr. Cliff Huxtable on the Cosby Show faces up to 10 years in prison for violating Temple University women's basketball administrator Andrea Constand at his estate near Philadelphia in 2004. Prosecutors on Monday asked a judge to give the comedian five to 10 years behind bars, while his lawyers asked for house arrest, saying the legally blind Cosby is too old and helpless to do time in prison, per the AP. In the years since Constand first went to authorities in 2005, more than 60 women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, though none of those claims have led to criminal charges.

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