An arrest warrant and charges of Aggravated Indecent Assault have been issued against comedian Bill Cosby stemming from the 2004 accusation of allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple employee Andrea Constand in his Elkins Park mansion just outside of Philadelphia, PA.
This charge is a first degree felony. Constand was serving as operations manager of Temple’s Woman’s Basketball team at the time. Though the number of Cosby accusers for the legendary comedian is over 50, this case is the first time criminal court charges have been brought against him and just before the statute of limitations on the case would run out in January 2016. Cosby is expected to be arraigned later Wednesday afternoon.
Cosby’s case with Constand was originally settled in 2006 after the district attorney at the time declined to pursue charges in the case. Cosby made settlement with a confidentiality agreement. However, the new D.A. of Montgomery County, Risa Vetri Ferman reopened the case this past summer and lawyers for Constand stated they, “hope justice will be done,” and will, “cooperate fully.”
Update: As expected, Cosby turned himself in today, walking (with the assistance of a cane) into the courthouse offering no comment to reporters and flanked by his lawyers. Cosby entered no plea and was freed on $1 million bail and has a hearing set on January 14th. If convicted of the charge of Aggravated Indecent Assault, Cosby could face 5-10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.