Bill Cosby was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting a woman at his home in 2004.
Judge Steven T. O’Neill handed down the sentence on Tuesday at the Montgomery County Courthouse. The comedian will also be designated a “sexually violent predator” and will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
The classification means the legendary comedian must undergo lifetime counseling and report to authorities quarterly. In addition, his name will appear on a sex-offender registry sent to neighbors, schools, and victims.
Cosby’s defense had argued the comedian was too old to serve time in prison.
The judge also denied Cosby’s request to be freed on bail pending appeal.
Prosecutors released Andrea Constand’s victim impact statement, which reads in part, “Bill Cosby took my beautiful, healthy, young spirit & crushed it. He robbed me of my health & vitality, my open nature, and my trust in myself & others.”
Bill Cosby was convicted in April of drugging and molesting Constand, a former Temple University employee, at his home in 2004. She is one of several women to have levied similar accusations against the actor over the years.
He has maintained that the sexual relationship between him and Constant was consensual.