State Board Deems Bill Cosby 'Sexually Violent Predator'

NORRISTOWN, PA — Bill Cosby has been deemed a sexually violent predator, according to the results of an investigation from the state’s Sexual Offenders Assessment Board released Tuesday.

The Board’s recommendation has been forwarded to Montgomery County Court, where prosecutors requested a hearing to make an official determination on the matter.

If the Court agrees with the recommendation of the Board, then Cosby must register with the Pennsylvania State Police for the rest of his life, as well as undergo lifelong counseling. He would also have to notify any community in which he lived in the future.

The sexually violent predator classification is reserved for offenders whom the Board believes are likely to repeat their crimes.

The former comedian, 81, was was found guilty in his retrial on April 26 of drugging and molesting a woman inside his Cheltenham home in 2004. He could draw up to ten years in prison for each of the three counts of aggravated indecent assault for which he was convicted.

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Regardless of the Board’s ruling, Judge O’Neil is not required to officially label Cosby sexually violent at the hearing. In Pennsylvania, the judge is given discretion on that matter.

The full findings of the Board’s investigation have not been made public.

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Cosby’s sentencing hearing has been scheduled for two days, Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 24 and Sept. 25, at 9:30 a.m. each morning.

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