- Danny Cevallos: Bill Cosby charged with aggravated indecent assault. Prosecution's main evidence testimonial -- including Cosby's own
- It's possible that testimony about other alleged incidents may be admissible. If found guilty, maximum sentence could be 10 years
On Wednesday, Bill Cosby was charged for the first time with crimes of sexual violence in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The magisterial district justice set bail at $1 million and ordered him to surrender his passport. Cosby has denied the allegations against him, and his defense team is now preparing for the preliminary hearing.
What exactly do the charges mean? What are his possible defenses? And if the commonwealth can actually prove this case beyond a reasonable doubt, what could happen to Cosby?
Cosby is charged with aggravated indecent assault. Crimes of sexual violence come in many varieties, and modern criminal codes have evolved to cover a spectrum of offenses. For example, in Pennsylvania, some of these include rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, indecent assault and aggravated indecent assault. Each of these crimes is similar but distinct from the other.