The Latest: Bill Cosby to fight violent predator designation
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on a Pennsylvania board’s recommendation that Bill Cosby be classified as a sexually violent predator (all times local):
Bill Cosby’s representative says the 81-year-old plans to fight the recommendation from a Pennsylvania board that he be classified as a sexually violent predator.
Andrew Wyatt said Tuesday that Cosby would see the prosecutor’s office in court. A judge will make the final determination if Cosby will receive the designation.
Cosby was convicted of assault in April and is already required to register as a sex offender.
The designation is defined in state law as a person who has “a mental abnormality or personality disorder that makes the person likely to engage in predatory sexually violent offenses.” It would require Cosby to receive counseling for the rest of his life from an approved treatment provider.
Cosby is due to be sentenced Sept. 24. He faces up to 10 years in prison.
Pennsylvania’s Sexual Offenders Assessment Board is recommending Bill Cosby be classified as a sexually violent predator.
The Montgomery County District Attorney requested a hearing on the report Tuesday so a judge can decide if Cosby will be classified as a sexually violent predator. No date had been set for the hearing as of early Tuesday.
The 81-year-old was convicted April 26 on sexual assault charges related to accusations he had drugged and assaulted Andrea Constand in 2004.
The report, which looks at 14 different areas to determine the status, is not public. State law requires Cosby to register as a sex offender. The classification would require increased treatment in prison and increased notification of neighbors upon release.
Cosby is scheduled for sentencing Sept. 24. A message was left with his lawyer.