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This Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, photo provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections shows Bill Cosby, after he was sentenced to three-to 10-years for sexual assault. (Pennsylvania Department of Corrections via AP)

Cosby to serve sentence at Philly-area prison

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania corrections officials say Bill Cosby will serve his sentence at a new state prison in the Philadelphia suburbs.

The Department of Corrections provided details of Cosby's incarceration Wednesday, one day after the 81-year-old comedian was sentenced to three to 10 years for sexual assault.

Cosby will serve his time at SCI Phoenix, about 20 miles from his gated estate. The $400 million prison opened two months ago.

He's being housed in a single cell near the infirmary. Corrections Secretary John Wetzel says the prison's long-term goal is to place Cosby in the general population. Under prison policy, he'll be allowed phone calls and visits and will get a chance to exercise.

Wetzel says the prison is "taking all of the necessary precautions" to ensure the celebrity's safety.

The prison system assigned Cosby inmate number NN7687.

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