Embattled comedian Bill Cosby will be required to register as a sex offender in Massachusetts should he return to his estate in Shelburne Falls.
The Boston Herald recently learned that Cosby’s April 26 conviction on three counts of aggravated indecent assault was enough for Massachusetts authorities to order the 81-year-old to register if he spends four days in one month or 14 days in one year in the state.
The news comes as Pennsylvania’s Sexual Offenders Assessment Board recommended that Judge Steven T. O’Neill deem Cosby a “violent sexual offender.” If the judge agrees with the board’s determination, the comedian is subject to lifetime registration with Pennsylvania police, lifetime sex offender counseling, and community notification, according to CNN.
In a court filing, Cosby’s team claimed the board’s process was unconstitutional because it didn’t include confrontation and cross-examination. The board’s findings haven’t been released to the public, according to Philly.com.
“The true facts establish that this defendant is not a sexually violent predator,” they said.
Montgomery County district attorney’s office public information officer, Kate Delano, told CNN that Cosby’s sex offender status will be resolved before his sentencing hearing on September 24. Philly.com noted that the judge must hold a hearing before sentencing where defense attorneys can offer their own expert evidence.
Saying that Cosby is doing “great,” publicist Andrew Wyatt commented, “We’ll see them in court.”
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