Pennsylvania state board recommends that Bill Cosby be listed as a 'sexually violent predator'

Nearly three months after a Pennsylvania jury found Bill Cosby guilty of three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault, a state board has recommended that the 81-year-old comedian be declared a “sexually violent predator.” Cosby’s sentencing hearing for sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his suburban Pennsylvania home in 2004 is due to start on Sept. 24.

A Pennsylvania state board has recommended that Bill Cosby be declared a “sexually violent predator,” which would require him to register as a sex offender. (Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images) reports that a Pennsylvania sexual offender assessment board has determined that Cosby fits the predator designation, which state law defines as someone with a “mental abnormality or personality disorder the makes the person likely to engage in predatory sexually violent offenses.”

The status would require Cosby to register as a sex offender and undergo treatment on a monthly basis. But the final decision as to whether or not Cosby is actually ruled a predator falls to a judge.

On Tuesday, District Attorney Kevin R. Steele filed a motion urging Judge Steven T. O’Neill to schedule a hearing to determine Cosby’s status based on the board’s recommendation.

“We will see them in court,” Andrew Wyatt, Cosby’s publicist, said in response to the filing. 

Some 60 women have accused the former Cosby Show star of sexual assault and misconduct, with many charging that he drugged them. Cosby replaced his legal team in June, shortly after his guilty verdict in the Constand case.

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