Bill Cosby learns today whether he'll go to prison

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Bill Cosby is a "sexually violent predator" who could strike again, a court was told yesterday as he awaited sentencing in a case that has seen him fall from being "America's Dad" to the first celebrity scalp of the #MeToo era.

On Monday, Judge Steven O'Neill confirmed that both sides agreed to merge into one the three counts of aggravated indecent assault, reducing the maximum sentence he had theoretically faced from 30 to 10 years.

They say he has no remorse and is capable of reoffending.

Cosby's lawyers asked for house arrest, saying Cosby - who is legally blind - is too old and helpless to do time in prison. Cosby claimed the incident was consensual.

Constand's mother, Gianna, also took the stand Monday and attributed her health problems to Cosby-related stress.

Cosby was convicted of drugging and molesting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004 in what became the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era. The five other women that testified alongside Constand, Heidi Thomas, Chelan Lasha, Janice Baker Kinney, Janice Dickinson, and Maud Lise-Lotte Lublin, will not make statements.

Green, Cosby's attorney, asked for a sentence of house arrest and said that Cosby was not a danger to anyone.

At the time, it was thought he might allow testimony from any of the 60 women who say Cosby sexually assaulted them, including allegations that were never charged as crimes in Pennsylvania or anywhere else. But prosecutors are adamant to present The Cosby Show star as a violent, sexual predator, who is a threat to the community.

Specifically, Dr. Kristen Dudley said that Cosby has a "mental abnormality", which she called a "paraphilic disorder", specifically, that he is attracted to "non-consenting women", reports say.

O'Neill heard arguments on Monday morning on whether to formally deem Cosby a "sexually violent predator" under state law.

Bill Cosby is facing the start of a sentencing hearing at which a judge will decide how to punish the 81-year-old trailblazing comedian who preyed on at least one young woman and perhaps many more.

The former "Cosby Show" star was convicted in April following a retrial.

The question of whether Cosby should receive such a designation was challenged by defense attorneys who argued the state's designation process is unconstitutional because it's too punitive.

The actor once adored by millions for his defining role on "The Cosby Show" sat silently in court, dressed in a dark suit, white shirt and patterned tie.

Steele said Cosby could be sent to Laurel Highlands, a state prison for lower-risk inmates on the other side of the state, about 70 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

A key witness for the defense, psychologist Timothy Foley, is expected to testify on Tuesday. The state guidelines for someone like Cosby, with no prior convictions, call for about one to four years behind bars.

Andrea Constand arrives at the sentencing hearing for the sexual assault trial of Bill Cosby at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, Sept. 24, 2018.

Cosby has denied assaulting Constand and contends their sexual encounter was consensual. It's the same home where he's been staying under house arrest on $1 million bail complete with a wearable Global Positioning System monitoring device.

After testifying for several hours at two trials, the first of which ended in a hung jury, Constand spoke in court Monday for just two minutes. All of the women told stories that were markedly similar to Constand's: Cosby would offer to be their mentor before plying them with alcohol and drugs and sexually assaulting them.

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