Bill Cosdenied parole after he refuses sex offender treatment program

The Pennsylvania Parole Board has turned down disgraced comedian Bill Cosby’s petition to be released from a 10-year prison sentence for aggravated indecent assault.

Laura Treaster, a spokeswoman for the state parole board, confirmed the decision, which was made on May 11 and first reported on Thursday Nicole Weisensee Egan, author of the book Chasing Cosby, on her Facebook page.

Cosby’s spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, said his client expected to be turned down.

“We knew he was going to be rejected,” Mr Wyatt said.  “He called me and told me that if he didn’t take the course, he would be denied.

“He has maintained his innocence from the beginning.”

Cosby, now 83, would have become eligible for parole on September 25 after completing the three-year minimum term of his sentence.

He was sentenced to up to 10 years in prison and designated a sexually violent predator on September 25, 2018, after being convicted earlier in the year of the rape of Andrea Constand, his former friend at Temple University, in 2004.

The once-beloved comedian known as “America’s Dad” has been serving his sentence in the State Correctional Institution at Phoenix, a suburb in Philadelphia.

Ms Treaster said the board would not consider Cosfor parole again unless he completes the sexual violent predator therapy.

He must also overcome a recommendation against parole from the state Department of Corrections and maintain a clear conduct record.

Coswas also told to develop a “parole release plan”.

Ms Treaster said the reasons for the negative recommendation the Corrections Department, and Cosby’s prison conduct record, were not public information.

Coshad a hearing before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in December on his appeal of his conviction. The court has not yet ruled, and there is rarely any advance notice.

Mr Wyatt said Coswas doing as well in prison as could be expected.

Kwame Anane

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