How could Cosby be charged so many years after alleged assault?

Statute of limitation laws vary by state

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby is helped as he arrives for a court appearance to face a felony charge of aggravated indecent assault Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, in Elkins Park, Pa. Cosby was arrested and charged Wednesday with drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home 12 years ago. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Bill Cosby was officially charged on Wednesday for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman. In just a few days, these allegations could have been thrown out because of the date they were made, but prosecutors filed charges just before the case expired.

Statute of limitation laws vary by state. Pennsylvania’s law gives 12 years for the assessed to be prosecuted for sexual assault crimes. Since the alleged incident happened in January of 2004, they were days away from not being able to prosecute him.

The DA’S office looked into this case in 2005 but no charges came from it then. Northampton Attorney James Winston told 22News, “This case only came back into the public eye after Cosby, in a deposition, basically admitted to very serious charges and now the DA’s office is saying we need to take another look at this.”

Other women reported alleged assaults decades ago, but Cosby can no longer be prosecuted on those incidents because too much time has passed, and the statute of limitations has run out.

Attorney Winston said another state were Cosby could run into problems is in California where he spent a lot of his time. Their statute of limitations law is 10 years for rape.

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