A Pennsylvania judge on Tuesday requested the condemning of disfavored US TV icon Bill Cosby to take place on September 24-25 following his conviction as a sex offender.
The fragile, 80-year-old – once cherished as “America’s Dad” – faces a sentence of up to 30 years for medicating and attacking Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia house in January 2004.
Judge Steven O’Neill said the sentencing would take place across two days in Norristown, Pennsylvania where a unanimous jury returned a guilty verdict on April 26.
The 12-member sequestered panel found the comedian guilty on three counts of sexual assault on April 26 for drugging and molesting the former basketball player and Temple University employee 14 years ago.
Cosby, who is confined to his Philadelphia area mansion on a $1-million (R12.5-million) bail, has already been ordered to be fitted with a GPS monitor and to undergo a violent sexual predators’ assessment.
Prosecutors initially demanded his bail be revoked, arguing he was a flight risk – but an irritated O’Neill refused to “simply lock him up right now.”
His conviction ends the career of a once-towering figure in late 20th century American popular culture, the first black actor to grace primetime US television, hitting the big time after growing up as the son of a maid.
Cosby’s lawyers have vowed to appeal.