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Two Bill Cosbys In New York Are Convicted Sex Offenders (Photos)

| by Daniel Barnes

Bill Cosby and Bill Cosby -- neither is the one you're thinking of -- are registered sex offenders in New York.

The first lesser-known William Cosby, a 67-year-old New York City man, was arrested in 1993 after he raped a 10-year-old girl.

In 1994, Cosby was convicted on charges of first and second-degree rape and sodomy, according to the New York State sex offenders registry. He was sentenced to six to 18 years in prison. 

The New York Post reports that Cosby, now living in Queens, was designated a level-three violent sex offender after his release from prison. 

In 2012, Cosby appealed his designation, but it was upheld by an appellate court on Oct. 11.  

A search of the New York sex offender registry revealed a second William Cosby. 

This Cosby, a 58-year-old man living on Long Island, was convicted of first-degree sexual abuse in 2003 and sentenced to up to three years in prison. His crime involved two young girls, ages 12 and 13. 

Like the previous Cosby, this one is also a level-three violent sex offender. 

The more famous comedian Bill Cosby, 80, is currently awaiting retrial on thee charges of indecent assault for allegedly molesting Temple University staffer Andrea Constand in 2004, according to the New York Post.

The comedian and actor was tried in June 2017 but the jury could not reach a verdict after five days of deliberation and a mistrial was declared. 

"Prosecuting a case this old is inherently risky as jurors need to have a comfort level that justice is reasonably speedy and has not been delayed for improper reason," Dennis McAndrews, a former Pennsylvania prosecutor, told USA Today at the time. 

Although Cosby is only being tried for one alleged incident, he has been accused by almost five dozen women of rape or sexual abuse over the course of decades. 

During his trial, only one other accuser was allowed to testify, making it harder for the prosecution to pursue its strategy of showing Cosby had a history of "prior bad acts," according to USA Today. 

"The court only allowed one such prior bad act witness," said Gloria Allred, the attorney who represents 33 of Cosby's accusers. "If the court allows more accusers to testify next time it might make a difference. In other words, it's too early to celebrate, Mr. Cosby."

Cosby is scheduled for retrial in April 2018. He faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted, according to Page Six.

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