The man who was once known as “America’s Dad” is a “violent sexual offender,” according to an evaluation performed by the Pennsylvania’s Sexual Offenders Assessment Board. The report wasn’t made public, but the district attorney’s office that prosecuted the 81-year-old disgraced comedian filed a motion in court asking a judge to accept the board’s recommendation on the classification. A judge is expected to set a hearing date to consider the motion.
Cosby was found guilty in late April of sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia-area in home in 2004. The jury took 14 hours to convict him in a retrial. Nearly a year earlier, the same sexual assault case ended in a hung jury.
According to The Associated Press, Pennsylvania state law defines a sexually violent predator as a person who suffers from a mental abnormality or personality disorder that makes the person likely to engage in predatory sexually violent offenses. If a judge rules that the term applies to Cosby, it would drastically change Cosby’s experience in prison and force him to take part in further rehabilitative than the average inmate is not required to undergo.
Cosby will be required to register as a sex offender. Per his bail agreement, he is at home awaiting sentencing, which is scheduled to take place in late September. He faces up to 30 years in prison.
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