Preliminary hearing begins in Hedley frontman Jacob Hoggard's sex assault case

Brunilde Fioravanti
Luglio 13, 2019

Hedley frontman Jacob Hoggard is set to appear in court Thursday morning as a preliminary hearing begins to determine if he will stand trial on sex assault charges.

He faces charges of sexual interference and sexual assault causing bodily harm in relation to allegations involving a teen, who was 15 to 16 at the time of the alleged offence on September 29, 2016.

Toronto police have said the charges relate to three separate incidents involving a woman and a girl under the age of 16 that allegedly occurred in the Toronto area in 2016.

Hoggard, who wore a grey suit and white shirt, did not otherwise speak during the proceedings.

If Justice Mara Greene determines a trial is warranted, it will take place in 2020 at Ontario Superior Court. He sat at a table with his lawyers.

Hoggard made a request for his case to be heard by a judge and jury, if it goes to trial, through his lawyer and pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexual assault causing bodily harm and one count of sexual interference. Hoggard previously denied engaging in non-consensual sexual behaviour, but shared a post on Twitter lats year admitting he had acted in ways that objectified women.

At the hearing, the Crown presents key parts of the evidence against an accused person.

Allegations of sexual misconduct involving Hoggard emerged before the charges were laid, which prompted Hedley to go on an indefinite hiatus.

Controversy dogged the band's last tour when it began in early 2018.

Hedley fans also took to Twitter to voice support for the band in spite of those allegations, using the hashtag #IStandWithHedley.

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