Bill Cosby will face sentencing over sexual assault charges this week

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby exits Montgomery County Courthouse after a jury convicted him in a sexual assault retrial in Norristown Pennsylvania

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby exits Montgomery County Courthouse after a jury convicted him in a sexual assault retrial in Norristown Pennsylvania

Bill Cosby's spokesman insists the 81-year-old comedian is "still America's Dad" despite his conviction on sexual assault charges. Cosby could also be allowed to remain out of prison until his legal appeals are resolved. He faces a sentence of probation up to 30 years in prison.

"Bill Cosby seeing the inside of a prison cell sends a strong message that predators - no matter who they are, from Hollywood to Wall Street to the Supreme Court - can no longer be protected at the expense of victims", she said.

The arguments capped off the first day of what is expected to be a two-day proceeding in Norristown.

When the Montgomery County Court in Norristown opened its doors at 9 a.m., there was already a line of people outside waiting to get a seat in the courtroom for Cosby's sentencing. Timothy P. Foley, a licensed psychologist who met with Cosby, testified for the defense on Tuesday that sex offense recidivism becomes "almost negligible" for people over the age of 70. "Mr Cosby has shown no remorse and there has been no justice for numerous accusers who were barred from a court by the arbitrary time limits imposed by the statute of limitations".

In a statement submitted to the court and released Tuesday, Constand, 45, said that she has had to cope with years of anxiety and self-doubt.

Several of the Cosby accusers who were in Pennsylvania for the trial have returned, including Lili Bernard and Therese Serignese.

Cosby's lawyers have asked for bail. His wife, Camille, did not attend, and his lawyers chose to call no character witnesses.

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.

"Bill Cosby took my handsome, healthy young spirit and crushed it".

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"The suggestion that Mr. Cosby is unsafe is not supported by anything other than the frenzy", Green said, as demonstrators gathered outside the suburban Philadelphia courthouse. "Eighty-one-year-old blind men who are not self-sufficient are not risky". They contended also that Cosby is unlikely to commit another crime because of his age and health and because there have been no complaints that he molested anyone in the 14 years since his encounter with Constand.

"Mr. Cosby's frustration got the better of him and he used a name toward Mr. Steele that he shouldn't have", Green said.

At one point he pointed to the crowd outside the Pennsylvania courthouse. "The jury heard me. Mr. Cosby heard me", she said. "All I'm asking for is justice as the court sees fit", she said.

Andrea Constand was drugged and sexually assaulted by Bill Cosby at his home in the suburbs of Philadelphia. He quoted from victim Andrea Constand's statement to the court, in which she said Cosby took her "beautiful, young spirit and crushed it".

"The victims can not be un-raped".

The prosecution also wants Cosby slapped on a list of violent sexual predators, as recommended by a state board.

"The behaviors are beyond their controls, so they are urged to act on it". Cosby was convicted in April and faces years in prison. "Eighty-one-year-old blind men that are not self sufficient are not unsafe", hit back defense lawyer Joseph Green.

"She seemed depressed, vulnerable and slow to react to questions", he said.

Judge Steven O'Neill is considering whether to hold a hearing on the matter.

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