The Sentencing of Bill Cosby


Emerson Marquez, Opinions editor

Bill Cosby, known best for his role in the 1984 sitcom The Cosby Show, has now been sentenced to 3-10 years in prison for the sexual assault of Andrea Constand.

The full sentence includes 3-10 years in prison, a fine of $25,000 plus the costs of prosecution. Also he was convicted of being a sexually violent predator where the State of Pennsylvania defines it as,”a person convicted of one or more of a sexually violent offenses specified in the law and who has a mental abnormality or personality disorder that makes the person likely to engage in predatory sexually violent offenses.” For one, it requires him to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. He will also be required to notify the 25 closest homes and businesses of his status and prove his compliance by a quarterly check-in with the state police. He is also going to have mandatory sex-offender counseling with an approved provider at least one time per month.

With the MeToo movement in full swing, he is the first ‘celebrity’ to actually be convicted of sexual misconduct during the MeToo era. But this case and his crimes have been going on for a lot longer than the MeToo campaign. The dates of the alleged incidents have spanned from 1965 to 2008, in ten U.S. states and one Canadian province. With over 50 women who came out and accused him of similar acts of sexual misconduct. Cosby has sustained his innocence and repeatedly denied any allegations made against him.

Allegations of assault on Bill Cosby became more public after a stand-up routine by comedian Hannibal Buress became popular in early October of 2014, that suggested to Cosby’s sexual misbehavior. Even though there have been so many accusations of sexual misconduct on him, only one was able to prosecute him. This is so because of the statue of limitation, this is where crimes can’t be charged on someone if it is passed a certain date, and most of the allegations happened before the statute of limitation in the state they were in.