‘Sexually violent predator’ Bill Cosby sentenced to 3-10 years in prison

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Bill Cosby departs the Montgomery County Courthouse in handcuffs after being sentenced in his sexual assault trial on September 25, 2018 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S. September 25, 2018. Mark Makela/Pool via Reuters

Disgraced comedian Bill Cosby has been sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison. The 81-year-old actor, who was once called “America’s dad,” will now be listed on a sex-offender registry.

Cosby was convicted on April 26 on three counts of aggravated indecent assault against Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia home in 2004. The charges were the only criminal case that emerged from the dozens of allegations against him.

On Tuesday, Pennsylvania judge Steven O’Neill called the formerly beloved actor a “sexually violent predator.” Cosby was also ordered to undergo lifetime counselling.

He did not seem perturbed about spending a decade in jail, though. He was seen laughing in court just moments after he was sentenced, cracking jokes with his defence team before he was handcuffed and taken away.

Bill Cosby Actor and comedian Bill Cosby is seen in this booking photo released by Montgomery County Correctional Facility, Pennsylvania, U.S., September 25, 2018.  Courtesy Montgomery County Correctional Facility/Handout via Reuters Bill Cosby Actor and comedian Bill Cosby leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse in handcuffs after sentencing in his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S., September 25, 2018.  Reuters/Brendan McDermid

His publicist, Andrew Wyatt, claimed the trial was one of “the most racist and sexist” in history, noting his most of his accusers were white women.

“They persecuted Jesus and look what happened. Not saying Mr Cosby’s Jesus, but we know what this country has done to black men for centuries,” he said.

Cosby’s wife, Camille, who has stood by him since the first accusation, was not present at the Montgomery County court during the sentencing. Nevertheless, she maintained that her husband was “denied his right to a fair trial.”

His lawyers’ request for bail until an appeal was denied.

In Constand’s five-page victim impact statement, which was released Tuesday before the sentencing, she described the long-lasting effect of Cosby’s actions and the two trials that followed.

“Bill Cosby took my beautiful, healthy, young spirit and crushed it,” her statement reads. “He robbed me of my healthy and vitality, my open nature, and my trust in myself and others.”

She said the attacks perpetuated by his legal team on her character have left her with “insurmountable stress and anxiety.”

Andrea Constand leaves after the first day of the sentencing hearing for the sexual assault trial of entertainer Bill Cosby Andrea Constand leaves after the first day of the sentencing hearing for the sexual assault trial of entertainer Bill Cosby at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S. September 24, 2018.  David Maialetti/Pool via Reuters

Constand first went to authorities in 2005. Since then more than 60 women have come out and accused him of sexual assault or rape. His modus operandi, they said, was to drug women and rape them. Many of the allegations could not proceed with a trial anymore as they have fallen outside the statute of limitations.

Chelan Lasha, who has accused actor and comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault Chelan Lasha, who has accused actor and comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault, speaks at a press conference following his sentencing in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S., September 25, 2018.  Reuters/Jessica Kourkounis Sunni Welles, 70, who has accused actor and comedian Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting her Sunni Welles, 70, who has accused actor and comedian Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting her when she was 17, reacts at a press conference following his sentencing, in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S., September 25, 2018.  Reuters/Jessica Kourkounis Bill Cosby accuser (L) Lili Bernard and (C) grief counselor Caroline Heldman Bill Cosby accuser (L) Lili Bernard and (C) grief counselor Caroline Heldman react after the sentencing of Bill Cosby in his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S. September 25, 2018.  Mark Makela/Pool via Reuters Bill Cosby accuser model Janice Dickinson Bill Cosby accuser model Janice Dickinson, 63, runs back to the courtroom to hear the bail request at the sentencing of Bill Cosby in his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S. September 25, 2018.  Mark Makela/Pool via Reuters Lise-Lotte Lublin, who has accused actor and comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault, Lise-Lotte Lublin, who has accused actor and comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault, is flanked by attorney Gloria Allred (L), and victim advocate Jennifer Storm as she speaks at a news conference following his sentencing in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S., September 25, 2018.  Reuters/Jessica Kourkounis