Hedley's Jacob Hoggard to Stand Trial in Sexual Assault Case

He has pleaded not guilty to the charges in Toronto court

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BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Jul 12, 2019

After Hedley's Jacob Hoggard pleaded not guilty to various sexual assault charges in a Toronto court yesterday, the frontman will now have his case head to trial.

A judge ruled today that Hoggard will stand trial over a trio of sexual assault charges. On Thursday (July 11), the 35-year-old singer requested the case be heard by a judge and jury during a long-delayed preliminary hearing.

The hearing concluded today after Hoggard was arrested last year and charged with one count of sexual interference and two counts of sexual assault causing bodily harm.

Three separate incidents allegedly occurred in the Toronto area in 2016, involving a woman and a girl under the age of 16. The names of the alleged victims have not been released and are protected under a publication ban.

In 2018, various sexual misconduct allegations surfaced against Hoggard, including rape allegations brought forward by a 24-year-old Ottawa woman in a CBC article.

Hedley have since gone on indefinite hiatus

Hoggard will next appear in court on August 23.

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