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Bill Cosby sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison for 2004 sex assault




Bill Cosby was sentenced, on Tuesday, to 3 to 10 years in state prison for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman over a decade ago.

Montgomery County Judge, Steven O'Neill, handed down the sentence after he ruled Cosby to be a "sexually violent predator" for the assault on Temple University women's basketball administrator, Andrea Constand, at the comedian's estate near Philadelphia in 2004.

The classification means that Cosby must undergo lifetime counseling and report quarterly to authorities. His name will appear on a sex-offender registry sent to neighbors, schools and victims.

Prosecutors asked a judge to give the comedian five to 10 years behind bars, while his lawyers asked for house arrest, saying
 the legally blind Cosby, 81, is too old and helpless to do time in prison.

In the years since Constand first went to authorities in 2005, more than 60 women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct or assault, though none of those claims have led to criminal charges.

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