The judge presiding over Bill Cosby's sexual assault case has scheduled two days in September to sentence the 80-year-old comedy icon – a pivotal hearing that will determine how long he will spend in prison for his 2004 attack on Andrea Constand.
In an order Tuesday, Montgomery County Judge Steven T. O'Neill set Sept. 24 and 25 for the proceedings in Norristown. Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison for each of the three counts of aggravated indecent assault on which he was convicted. The judge did not specify in his filing why he expected the hearing to take more than one day.
Neither prosecutors nor Cosby's defense team has publicly indicated what sentences they will seek or what additional evidence they may offer to support their recommendations.
District Attorney Kevin R. Steele could use the forum as an opportunity to present victim impact statements from some of the more than 60 additional women who, like Constand, have accused Cosby of drugging and assaulting them in incidents dating back decades.
Before the hearing, Cosby is expected to undergo an assessment to determine whether he should be considered a sexually violent predator. He eventually will have to register as a sex offender.
For now, he remains confined to his Cheltenham home with a GPS ankle monitor on O'Neill's orders.
Cosby was convicted last month for his attack on Constand, a 45-year-old Canadian massage therapist and former Temple University employee who first reported her assault a decade ago.
O'Neill has yet to rule on a petition from a coalition of about a dozen media organizations — including Philadelphia Media Network, the parent company of the Inquirer, the Daily News, and Philly.com — to release the names of the jurors who convicted Cosby.
Although juror names are considered public information under state court precedent, prosecutors urged O'Neill days after a May 1 hearing on the petition to institute a "cooling off" period due to overwhelming media attention on the case.
O'Neill has remained silent on the issue in the 14 days since that hearing and has offered no indication of when he intends to rule or issue an opinion on the matter.