A judge has ruled that Bill Cosby is a “sexually violent predator”.
The classification means that the actor, 81, will have to undergo lifetime counselling and report regularly to authorities.
His name will appear on a sex-offender registry which is sent to neighbours, schools and victims.
Judge Steven O’Neill made the decision as he prepares to sentence the comedian for drugging and molesting a woman at his Philadelphia home in 2004.
Prosecutors are asking for five to 10 years in prison. The judge may choose to put him under house arrest.
Cosby, previously known as “America’s Dad”, was the first celebrity to go on trial following the #MeToo movement, and could be the first to go to prison.
He was convicted in April of drugging and molesting Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia home in 2004.
More than 60 women have made similar allegations.
Cosby’s first trial in 2017 ended in a mistrial when jurors could not reach a unanimous verdict.
Soon after, other women began accusing influential men of sexual misconduct, uniting behind the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements that encouraged victims to speak out.
The judge allowed prosecutors in Cosby’s second trial to call five other accusers as witnesses.
All of the women relayed similar stories to Constand’s – that Cosby would offer to be their mentor before plying them with alcohol and drugs before sexually assaulting them.