Judge weighs Cosby's sentence after declaring him 'predator'

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He will also be listed on a sex-offender registry seen by neighbors, schools and victims.

Cosby, who once had a family-friendly reputation as the 1980s television comedy The Cosby Show, was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a former administrator at his alma mater Temple University, at his Philadelphia-area home in 2004.

Cosby became the first celebrity of the #MeToo era to be convicted.

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Though the charges each carry a maximum possible sentence of 10 years, Judge O'Neill announced that the charges had been merged into one because they all stem from the same event.

Defence lawyer Joseph Green argued that one factor in branding a "sexually violent predator" was the risk of re-offending - and that the literature shows that risk declines with age. He is legally blind. In addition, O'Neill ruled that Cosby will be classified as a "sexually violent predator," a determination that requires lifetime registration, lifetime mandatory sex offender counseling with a treatment provider and notification to the community that a "sexually violent predator" lives in the area.

In a sentencing memorandum, prosecutors said that "extraordinary display of disrespect" was evidence of "who this convicted criminal defendant actually is".

When the ruling came down, a woman in courtroom shot her fist into the air and whispered, "Yessss!"

Camille Cosby, Bill Cosby's wife, said in a statement that she had retained a former prosecutor to facilitate her efforts to "uncover the truth" regarding what she says is a feud between O'Neill and Castor.

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Ahead of the sentencing, Constand wrote a five-page letter to the court explaining how Cosby's assault - and the ensuing legal battle - had changed her life.

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. He could be sentenced to as many as 30 years in prison.

Although more than 60 women have accused the 81-year-old of sexual assault, it is only one single case that could land him behind bars.

On Monday, Kristen Dudley, a psychologist for the state of Pennsylvania, testified that Cosby has an uncontrollable urge to violate young women and would probably commit another offense if given the chance.

Cameras were not allowed in the courtroom; they are generally banned in Pennsylvania.

Andrea Constand's oldest sister, Diana Parsons, said her sister was her hero and that "she still walks around with a smile on her face and a positive attitude" after the assault. Cosby did not testify at either of his two trials.

"Obviously, the allegations are serious, and, except for his age and poor health, would normally warrant some jail time", said Samuel Stretton, a veteran defense lawyer not connected to the case.

Cosby could then be sentenced late on Monday, rather than on Tuesday.

The sentencing hearing, which could extend into Tuesday, could also feature testimony and victim impact statements from women, including Constand, who have accused Cosby of assault.

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