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Sentencing in Bill Cosby's sex assault case set for Sept 24

AP  |  Philadelphia (US) 

will be sentenced on September 24, almost five months to the day after he was convicted of sexual assault, a said today.

Lawyers for the comedian, who turns 81 in July and faces the prospect of the rest of his life in prison, had asked Steven O'Neill to delay sentencing until the end of the year.

Cosby's convictions on three counts of aggravated indecent assault will likely be combined into one charge that carries a standard sentence of five to 10 years in prison.

Cosby's did not immediately respond to a message left seeking comment.

The man once revered as America's Dad has been a prisoner in his suburban since his April 26 conviction and he hasn't been heard from since lashing out at a in court that day.

O'Neill ordered Cosby be outfitted with a monitoring bracelet and said he needed permission to leave the home, where jurors concluded he drugged and molested in January 2004.

Even then, Cosby can go out only to visit his lawyers or the doctor.

Before sentencing, Cosby must undergo an assessment to determine if he is a sexually violent predator. Because of his conviction, he will also be required to register as a sex offender under Megan's Law.

Constand, a former women's basketball administrator, is expected to speak at sentencing. O'Neill said in a court order the hearing could take two days.

Constand testified at Cosby's trial that the knocked her out with three blue pills he called "your friends" and then penetrated her with his fingers as she lay immobilised, unable to resist or say no.

Cosby claimed the encounter was consensual, saying he gave her the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl to relax. His lawyers have vowed to appeal, but that can't happen until Cosby is sentenced.

In Pennsylvania, defendants are typically sentenced within 90 days of a conviction. O'Neill initially said he would schedule Cosby's sentencing for July. His court order did not explain why he moved it to September.

Constand's testimony and that of five other accusers allowed prosecutors to uncloak Cosby who solidified his reputation as a family man by playing Dr. on "The Cosby Show" as a manipulative predator who used his built-in trust to trick women into taking powerful intoxicants so he could violate them.

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 02:10 IST