by G. Brown
Three word sentences have often summed up Bill Cosby in the pinnacle of his successful career— ‘TV comedy star’, ‘America’s Funniest Dad’, ‘Golden Globe Winner’, ‘Emmy Award Winner’. Now, three horrible words describe him at the nadir of life–“sexually violent predator’.
That’s the classification given to Cosby as determined by the Pennsylvania’s Sexual Offenders Assessment Board. Being classified by the board is part of the legal guidelines under which Cosby must be subjected as he awaits sentencing.
Cosby was convicted in April of aggravated indecent assault after being accused of drugging and assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand 14 years ago. Cosby could face up to ten years in prison.
The Sexual Offenders Assessment Board’s report could weigh heavily in determining what happens to Cosby once his sentence is handed down. According to Time.com, “The sexually violent predator classification would require increased treatment in prison and increased notification of neighbors upon release.”
Pennsylvania law defines a person classified as “sexually violent predator” as someone with a “mental abnormality or personality disorder that makes the person likely to engage in predatory sexually violent offenses.”
The board’s classification is only an evaluation…it is up to the court to decide if Cosby is indeed ‘sexually violent’. The District Attorney’s office has already asked a judge to accept the recommendation, but Cosby’s legal team says, “We will see them in court.”
Cosby is scheduled to appear before a judge for sentencing on September 24.
What do you think….will the board’s ruling influence the judge to hand down a harsher sentence for Cosby? Do you think Cosby’s been the victim of his celebrity?