Jacob Hoggard faces a 3rd charge of sexual assault, but reduced

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Jacob Hoggard faces a 3rd charge of sexual assault, but reduced

The singer has already been sentenced to 5 years in prison for sexual assault causing injuries.

Singer Jacob Hoggard has already been sentenced to five years in prison for rape of a woman from Ottawa (archives).

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The Crown reduced the third charge filed against singer of ex-Canadian band Hedley, Jacob Hoggard, following a procedural hearing on Thursday in Haileybury, northern England. Ontario. The musician is now charged with sexual assault without injury.

Jacob Hoggard has been facing new rape allegations since March 2022 over an encounter he had. had on June 25, 2016 in Kirkland Lake, Timiskaming.

The original charge was for an alleged sexual assault causing bodily harm.

This new accusation had however been kept confidential during his first trial which dealt with the complaints of two other women.

The 38-year-old musician was sentenced last week to 5 years in prison for sexual assault causing bodily harm against an Ottawa resident.

Jury foreman at Jacob Hoggard trial reads the verdict against the accused, who is standing next to his lawyer, Megan Savard, on June 5, 2022 in Toronto.

The singer appealed the guilty verdict, so he remains at large in British Columbia on an initial bond he posted after his 2018 arrest. on strict house arrest conditions.

Jacob Hoggard was acquitted of a similar charge against a Toronto-area teenage girl at the court. outcome of the same trial in the spring of 2022.

Jacob Hoggard had testified for two days at the bar of his first trial, in May 2022.

On Thursday, Jacob Hoggard appeared for the second time in court in Haileybury, northeastern Ontario, on the complaint of the third plaintiff.

His lawyer, Megan Savard, had previously indicated that her client would plead not guilty to the original charge. No date has yet been set for the singer's second trial.

He will have to return to Haileybury Court on November 24 in light of changes that have been made to the indictment.

According to court documents the CBC has obtained, the alleged assault he is charged with occurred when the Hedley group had offered a concert in Kirkland Lake, 300 km from Sudbury.

The plaintiff was 19 years old at the time of the acts she alleges against the singer. Her identity is protected by court order, like that of the first two plaintiffs.

A publication ban prevents us from saying more about this third case.

With information from The Canadian Press

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