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Bill Cosby sentenced to prison for sexual assault

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Bill Cosby was sentenced to between three and 10 years in prison on Tuesday for sexually assaulting a woman, capping the once-beloved comedian’s downfall from “America’s Dad” to convicted felon.

Cosby, 81, was found guilty in April of three counts of aggravated indecent assault for the drugging and sexual assault of his one-time friend Andrea Constand, a former Temple University administrator, at his Philadelphia home in 2004.

He was the first celebrity to be convicted for sexual abuse since the start of the #MeToo movement, the national reckoning with misconduct that has brought down dozens of powerful men in entertainment, politics and other fields.

His lawyers have already vowed to appeal the conviction.

Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven O’Neill also decided to designate Cosby a “sexually violent predator” under Pennsylvania law. (Reuters)

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Bill Cosby is escorted out of the Montgomery County Correctional Facility, Tuesday Sept. 25, 2018, in Eagleville, Pa., following his sentencing to three-to-10-year prison sentence for sexual assault. (Photo: Jacqueline Larma/AP)


This image provided by the Montgomery County Correctional Facility shows Bill Cosby on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, after he was sentenced to three-to 10-years for sexual assault. (Photo: Montgomery County Correctional Facility via AP)


People smile during a press conference with Andrea Constand (C), who was sexually assaulted by comedian Bill Cosby, after the sentencing of the comedian, Sept. 25, 2018 in Norristown, Pa. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)


Actor and comedian Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse for sentencing in his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Sept. 25, 2018. (Photo: Brendan McDermid/Reuters)


Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele speaks to the press on Sept. 25, 2018 in Norristown, Pa., after comedian Bill Cosby was sentenced to at least three years in prison and branded a “sexually violent predator” for assaulting a woman at his Philadelphia mansion 14 years ago. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/ AFP/Getty Images)


Bill Cosby departs the Montgomery County Courthouse in handcuffs after being sentenced in his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Sept. 25, 2018. (Photo: Mark Makela/Pool via Reuters)


Lise-Lotte Lublin, who has accused actor and comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault, is flanked by attorney Gloria Allred (L), and victim advocate Jennifer Storm as she speaks at a news conference following his sentencing in Norristown, Pa., Sept. 25, 2018. (Photo: Jessica Kourkounis/Reuters)


Bill Cosby departs the Montgomery County Courthouse in handcuffs after being sentenced in his sexual assault trial on September 25, 2018 in Norristown, Pa., Sept. 25, 2018. (Photo: Mark Makela/Pool via Reuters)


Bill Cosby is taken away in handcuffs after being sentenced to 3-10 years in his sexual assault retrial at the Montgomery County Courthouse on Sept. 25, 2018 in Norristown, Pa. (Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images)


Cosby accuser Sunni Welles hugs lawyer Gloria Allred (L) following a press conference with other victims and accusers after comedian Bill Cosby was sentenced for sexual assault, Sept. 25, 2018 in Norristown, Pa. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)


Andrea Constant reacts after Bill Cosby was sentenced to 3-10 years in the assault retrial at the Montgomery County Courthouse on Sept. 25, 2018 in Norristown, Pa. (Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images)


Bill Cosby accuser (L) Lili Bernard and (C) grief counselor Caroline Heldman react after the sentencing of Bill Cosby in his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Sept. 25, 2018. (Photo: Mark Makela/Pool via Reuters)


Victoria Valentino and her friend Lisa Talmadge react after the sentencing of Bill Cosby in his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Sept. 25, 2018. (Photo: Mark Makela/Pool via Reuters)


Bill Cosby arrives for his sentencing hearing at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. (Photo: Matt Slocum/AP)


Members of the media work during a break on the second day of sentencing in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial at the Montgomery County Courthouse on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. (Photo: Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP)


Bill Cosby is led from the courtroom during a break by his spokesman Andrew Wyatt at the Montgomery County Courthouse, during his sentencing hearing in Norristown, Pa., Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. (Photo: David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool)


Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill walks towards the courtroom on the second day of Bill Cosby’s sentencing hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. (Photo: Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP)


Bill Cosby departs from a sentencing hearing at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Norristown Pa. (Photo: Matt Rourke/AP)


Joseph Green Jr., attorney for actor and comedian Bill Cosby, arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse for sentencing in his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Sept. 25, 2018. (Photo: Brendan McDermid/Reuters)


Bill Cosby arrives for his sentencing hearing at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. (Photo: Matt Slocum/AP)


Former model Janice Dickinson gestures outside the Montgomery County Courthouse during Bill Cosby’s sentencing hearing, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. (Photo: Matt Slocum/AP)


Bill Cosby gestures as he arrives for his sentencing hearing at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. (Photo: Matt Slocum/AP)


Bill Cosby arrives for his sentencing hearing at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. (Photo: Matt Slocum/AP)


Television vans line the street outside the Montgomery County Courthouse before Bill Cosby arrives for his sentencing hearing, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Norristown Pa. (Photo: Matt Rourke/AP)


Andrea Constand sale de la Corte del Condado de Montgomery tras el primer día de audiencia de sentencia en el juicio del comediante Bill Cosby por abuso sexual, el lunes 24 de septiembre del 2018 en Norristown, Pennsylvania. (Photo: David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool)