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Bill Cosby Charged in 2004 Sexual Assault

On Wednesday (Dec. 30), prosecutors in a Philadelphia suburb charged Bill Cosby with sexual assault – the first time criminal charges have been brought against the actor and comedian, whose been accused by roughly 60 women.

Cosby has been charged with second-degree aggravated indecent assault. According to Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Kevin R. Steele, the charge is defined as the act of “penetration” without the consent of the victim, former Temple University employee, Andrea Constand.

If Cosby, 78, is found guilty, he faces 5 to 10 years in prison and up to a $25,000 fine.

Steele said that pills and wine were provided. Steele continued, saying that the victim was paralyzed and frozen. Someone in that condition is not able to give their consent, he said.

Steele said that the evidence against Cosby is strong and sufficient enough to proceed with charges.

The decision by Steele’s boss, newly elected District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, reversed a decision by her predecessor who ruled there was insufficient evidence to arrest Cosby.

The case dates back to 2004; under Pennsylvania law, prosecutors have a 12-year statute of limitations for filing charges in a sexual assault case. In this case, the statute of limitations are due to run out at the end of January.

In 2005, Constand accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting her when she visited his then-home outside of Philadelphia in 2004. At that time, the then-county prosecutor wouldn’t charge him, contending that by the time she went to the police, there wasn’t enough evidence to charge him.

Hitting an impasse with the DA, Constand sued Cosby in civil court. The suit settled the following year and the results of the settlement are sealed, including Cosby’s three-day deposition.

After dozens of women came forward this year accusing Cosby of drugging and raping them, a judge decided to release part of the deposition, and even more was leaked out later on.

Most of the accusations against Cosby were in states with short statutes of limitation, though investigators in Los Angeles are looking into recent allegations from another accuser, Chloe Goins, who claims that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008 when she was 18.

Goins and six other victims have pending civil suits against Cosby, according to USA Today.

If you have been sexually assaulted, you may have legal recourse against your attacker, or depending upon the facts of the case, against their employer. To learn more, contact a Plano personal injury attorney from The Zendeh Del Law Firm!