PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (CNN/CBS Philly) — Bill Cosby should be labeled a “sexually violent predator” because he has a mental disorder that involves urges toward nonconsenting women, a prosecution expert said Monday during the comedian’s sentencing hearing on three counts of sexual assault.
“The behaviors are beyond their controls, so they are urged to act on it. He is likely to reoffend,” Kristen Dudley, a psychologist and a member of the Pennsylvania Sexual Offenders Assessment Board, testified in state court.
Defense attorneys challenged her assessment, citing Cosby’s advanced age and blindness.
Judge Steven T. O’Neill has not yet ruled on whether Cosby will be subjected to the sex offender designation, which would require him to register with state police and submit to sex offender counseling and community notification for life.
Cosby, who faces up to 30 years in prison for drugging and molesting a Temple University women’s basketball administrator in 2004, fought the prosecution’s effort to classify him as a predator under state law.
The Montgomery County court proceedings come as part of the expected sentencing of the 81-year-old comedian on three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004. He was convicted in April.
A state panel had advised that Cosby should be classified as a “sexually violent predator.” Cosby declined to participate in the evaluation by Dudley, who said she came to her determination by reviewing trial transcripts and other reports.
O’Neill ruled Monday morning that the state’s classification process is constitutional, knocking down the defense’s argument that it is not. His expected ruling on Cosby’s status will not impact the rest of the sentence.
Cosby was the first celebrity to go to trial in the #MeToo era and could be the first to go to prison — perhaps for the rest of his days — after being convicted in April.
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