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State of Pennsylvania Says Bill Cosby Should Be Labeled a Sexually Violent Predator — What That Would Mean for Cosby

Jul 24, 2018  •  Post A Comment

Former TV dad Bill Cosby, who is currently confined to his home as he awaits sentencing on his April 26 conviction for aggravated indecent assault, should be labeled a sexually violent predator, according to an evaluation by Pennsylvania’s Sexual Offenders Assessment Board.

“The district attorney’s office that prosecuted Cosby asked a judge in a filing Tuesday to schedule a hearing on whether to accept the recommendation,” the AP reports. “No date was immediately set.”

The report quotes Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt saying: “We will see them in court.”

Cosby’s sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 24, when he could be sentenced to as much as 10 years in prison. His representatives have indicated they plan to appeal.

“State law already requires Cosby to register as a sex offender because of the nature of the charge of which he was convicted. The sexually violent predator classification would require increased treatment in prison and increased notification of neighbors upon release,” the AP reports.

“A person deemed a predator is subject to lifetime, at least monthly, [of] mandatory sex offender counseling with a treatment provider approved by the state board,” the report adds. “Under Pennsylvania law, a sexually violent predator is defined as a person who has a mental abnormality or personality disorder that makes the person likely to engage in predatory sexually violent offenses.”

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