TORONTO, ONT – Canadian Hedley leader Jacob Hoggard was convicted on Sunday of sexual assault that caused bodily harm to an Ottawa woman, but acquitted of the same charge involving a teenage fan.
Hoggard, 37, was also not found guilty of sexual interference, a charge alleging sexual intercourse with someone under the age of 16, in an incident involving the same teenage fan when she was 15 years old.
The singer hugged his wife in the room after reading the jury’s verdict.
Prosecutors allege that Hoggard touched the teen after a Hedley concert in Toronto in April 2016, and then raped her in a hotel room in the Toronto area later that year after she turned 16. He allegedly raped the Ottawa woman in a Toronto hotel in November 2016.
Both complainants testified that they were bleeding and bruised. They each said that, among other things, Hoggard slapped them, spat in their mouths, and called them derogatory names, and restricted their breathing at one point.
During the approximately one-month trial, Hoggard said his memory of the encounters was unclear, but said he maintained consensual and “passionate” sex with whistleblowers and did not sexually touch the teenager until after she turned 16. .
“I knew when I was 16,” Hoggard said, adding that he made sure to “be responsible and not break the law.”
He denied suffocating or restricting the breath of the complainants, but said some of the other things they described were among their sexual preferences and therefore could happen.
The jury began deliberating on Tuesday and on two occasions indicated that it was blocked in some respects. Each time, the jurors were asked to keep trying. They continued to reproduce most of the testimony given by the two complainants and Hoggard and also asked several questions on legal issues, including the definition of consent.
Hoggard’s band, Hedley, rose to fame after finishing third on the 2004 Canadian Idol reality show.
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Canadian singer Jacob Hoggard convicted of sexual assault
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