A Pennsylvania judge has ruled Bill Cosby, the comic once dubbed America’s Dad, as sexually violent predator.

The label means Cosby, 81, must undergo counselling for life and appear on the sex offenders’ registry.

A judge made the ruling ahead of sentencing the comedian for drugging and molesting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

At a retrial in April, Cosby was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault against Andrea Constand.

Tuesday’s classification means he will need to register with state police and notify any community he lives in of his sex offender status, as well as undergo mandatory counselling for life.

Also, Neighbours, childcare centres and schools will have be notified of his whereabouts.

The actor’s defence team had argued the state’s sex offender law was too severe given Cosby’s age and the fact that he is legally blind.

SOURCE: BBC

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