Dean Daniel Filler was interviewed by FOX News about the Pennsylvania Sexual Offenders Assessment Board’s recommendation to classify comedian Bill Cosby as a “sexually violent predator” in August.
The designation could require Cosby to undergo treatment for sexual offender treatment and for neighbors who live near Cosby to receive notification of the crimes of which he was convicted.
Attorneys for Cosby, who was convicted of sexual assault in April, plan to challenge the designation, claiming that Pennsylvania’s recently revised sex offender registry law is unconstitutional and should not apply retroactively to a crime allegedly committed decades before.
Filler, an authority on laws associated with sex crimes, said the designation is not designed to serve a punitive purpose.
“This is not punishment,” Filler said. “If it’s punishment, he’s entitled to a jury trial. It is a separate process with a separate fact finding that is non-criminal, and it’s simply about public protection.”
A judge is expected to determine if the sexually violent predator designation will stand before Cosby’s sentencing on Sept. 24.