Jacob Hoggard Found Guilty of Sexual Assault

The former Hedley frontman was acquitted of sexual assault charges involving a 16-year-old complainant

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BY Allie GregoryPublished Jun 5, 2022

After several days of deadlocked deliberation, a jury has found Jacob Hoggard — former Hedley singer — guilty of sexual assault causing bodily harm against one of two complainants.

Hoggard was found not guilty on two counts: one of sexual interference relating to the touching of a teenage fan when she was 15, and another of sexual assault causing bodily harm involving the same teenager when she was 16.

UPDATE (6/6, 1:39 p.m. ET): Ontario Superior Court Justice Gillian Roberts has imposed stricter bail terms on Hoggard, who must now live at his Vancouver home or another preapproved address under the surety of his wife, who put up $200,000 for his bail, according to The Canadian Press.  

Hoggard must stay inside one of the approved addresses between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. unless he has a court appearance or there is an emergency. He has also been ordered to stay in BC and has had his passport taken away. 

Roberts said the bail amount is "sufficient to focus Mr. Hoggard's attention on the need to comply with the terms of release and attend court, otherwise he risks visiting the hardship of losing this money on his wife and, by extension, his son."

Jury deliberation began on Tuesday (May 30). On Thursday (June 2), the jury informed the court they were deadlocked, meaning that they had been unable to reach a unanimous verdict. They continued to seek clarification on testimonies and legal definitions until today.

Hoggard had previously pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Last month, Hoggard was charged with a separate incident of sexual assault relating to a rape that allegedly took place on or around June 25, 2016, in Kirkland Lake, ON. He will stand trial for that charge in August.

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