Bill Cosby has been sentenced to three to 10 years in prison in after a judge declared him a “sexually violent predator.” The disgraced entertainer was found guilty back in April of molesting Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.
The “sexually violent predator” designation means that he will have to register as a sex offender and be subject to lifetime reporting to law enforcement authorities as to where he is residing. He must also get mandatory counseling for life.
District Attorney Kevin Steele asked the judge to impose the maximum sentence of five to 10 years in state prison while the defense argued that Cosby, who is 81 years old and legally blind, be allowed to serve any sentence under house arrest. The judge rejected the defense’s argument, saying the state even has a prison facility for old and infirm inmates.
Cosby, who declined an opportunity to address the judge, was taken into custody immediately. His lawyer plans to appeal but the judge would not grant bail during the appeal process.