Bill Cosby Found Guilty On Three Counts Of Assault in Pennsylvania

Bill Cosby was found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand.

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Today in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Bill Cosby was found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home in a Philadelphia suburb in 2004. Cosby now faces up to 30 years in prison, 10 years for each count and is likely to serve them concurrently. District Attorney Kevin Steele argued that Cosby should be taken directly into custody as he has access to a private jet that can fly him anywhere but the judge declined. Cosby is out on bail until a sentence hearing is scheduled.

This verdict comes after a two week trial with over 25 witnesses — many of which were women who accused Cosby of drugging and raping them. Many cried on stand while recounting their experiences with Cosby attacking them while they were in a drug-induced stupor. Other witnesses included people who attempted to discredit Andrea Constand by detailing instances of supposed deceit or sexual affairs.

Last June, Cosby faced similar sexual assault charged but the jurors could not reach a unanimous verdict after 52 hours of deliberation and the judge filed a mistrial.

“When you look at this and look at what Andrea [Constand] has done to stand up and declare what has happened…her actions to help victims stand up and tell what has happened to them…I hope that our actions have shown that people stand up with those victims and all women who are out there standing up …we support them, encourage them to keep it up,” Steele said.