Bill Cosby Sentenced to 3-10 Years in State Prison: Here’s What Our Florida Sex Crimes Attorneys Know

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby was sentenced Tuesday to three to 10 years in state prison for drugging and molesting his once-friend in 2004.

More than 60 women have said publicly that Cosby drugged then assaulted them. Some of the alleged assaults date back to the early 1960s.  

Here’s what our Florida Sex Crimes Attorneys at Whittel & Melton know about Cosby and the sentencing:

  1. Cosby was sentenced by Judge Steven O’Neil, who ruled that Cosby, 81, is a “sexually violent predator,” meaning he will have to report regularly to authorities and undergo counseling for the rest of his life. Schools and neighbors will be required to know where he is.
  2. The victim and former Temple University employee released a victim impact statement ahead of the sentencing. “I know now that I am one of the lucky ones. But still, when the sexual assault happened, I was a young woman brimming with confidence and looking forward to a future bright with possibilities. Now, almost 15 years later, I’m a middle-aged woman who’s been stuck in a holding pattern for most of her adult life, unable to heal fully or to move forward. Bill Cosby took my beautiful, healthy young spirit and crushed it. He robbed me of my health and vitality, my open nature, and my trust in myself and others.”
  3. Cosby was denied bail after the sentencing. A spokeswoman for the Montgomery County district attorney’s office said Cosby will be held at the the Montgomery County Jail. After at least a few days, he will be taken to State Correctional Institution Phoenix, located outside Philadelphia.

Sex crimes accusations are nothing to scoff at. You must seek legal help to deal with these accusations as these cases are prosecuted with much ferocity. Police and prosecutors tend to side with the alleged victim in these cases and will stop at nothing to achieve a conviction. It is imperative to act fast and protect yourself by retaining legal counsel so that your rights are not violated.

Sex crimes cases are often complicated. No two cases are exactly alike, but the consequences are always harsh. You could be looking at a lengthy prison sentence, large fines and registration as a sex offender. You need help tackling these charges. Our Florida Sex Crimes Defense Attorneys at Whittel & Melton can make sure you fully understand what you are up against. Contact us online or call us at 866-608-5529 to arrange a free case evaluation.