Bill Cosby Sent to Jail after 14 Years of Sexual Assault Allegations

Cosbys Mug Shot from Peoples Magazine

Cosbys Mug Shot from Peoples Magazine

Jessica Townsend

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Bill Cosby, a well known American entertainer, was sentenced to three to ten years in prison on September 25, 2018, based on the drugging and rape of Andrea Constand in his own home fourteen years ago.

Constand reported the incident to police in 2005, but prosecutors refused to press charges. Within the next decade, dozens of women came forward with sexual assault allegations against Cosby. A new team of prosecutors took Constands case in 2015 and were able to arrest Cosby. He has stayed out of jail due to a $1 million bail, but Judge Steven O’Neill has repealed that bail.

Along with jail time, Cosby had to pay a $25,000 fine and the cost of prosecution. He has also been labeled a “sexually violent predator,” a term which requires “lifetime registration, lifetime mandatory sex offender counseling with a treatment provider, and notification to the community that a “sexually violent predator” lives in the area” (cnn).

Many of the women harassed by Cosby have expressed support for his sentence. One quote by Chelan Lasha said, “I am very happy to know that Mr. Cosby will do time in prison. That he is touchable, like he touched us unwillingly.” This statement has received lots of praise from RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), as well as several other advocacy groups. Citizens who have repeatedly heard news about Cosby for the past decade are relieved that this drawn-out case has finally reached a conclusion.