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Board recommends Bill Cosby be classified as sexually violent predator

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. -- A representative from the Sexual Offenders Assessment Board is recommending Bill Cosby be classified as a sexually violent predator. The Montgomery County District Attorney requested a hearing on the report Tuesday so a judge can decide if Cosby will be classified as a sexually violent predator. No date had been set for the hearing as of early Tuesday.

Bill Cosby found guilty of drugging, sexually assaulting Andrea Constand

The 81-year-old was convicted April 26 on sexual assault charges related to accusations he had drugged and assaulted Andrea Constand in 2004. Five of Cosby's dozens of other accusers also took the stand at the trial.

The assessment, which looks at 14 different areas to determine the status, is not public. State law requires Cosby to register as a sex offender because of the conviction. The classification would require increased treatment in prison and increased notification of neighbors when he is released.

Under Pennsylvania law, a sexually violent predator is a person who has "a mental abnormality or personality disorder the makes the person likely to engage in predatory sexually violent offenses," according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

"We will see them in court," Andrew Wyatt, Cosby's publicist, told the paper in response to the request.

Cosby, who is on house arrest, is scheduled for sentencing Sept. 24.

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