Crown and defense expected to present closing arguments at Jacob Hoggard sexual assault trial

TORONTO — Prosecutors and defense attorneys are expected to make their final speech today before jurors in the sexual assault trial of Canadian musician Jacob Hoggard.

Hoggard, 37, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexual assault with bodily harm and one count of sexual interference, a count that refers to sexually touching a person under the age of 16.

The Crown alleges that Hoggard, the leader of the Hedley gang, violently and repeatedly raped a teenage fan and a young woman in separate incidents in the fall of 2016. Both testified that they cried and said no during encounters.

Hoggard is also alleged to have groped the young complainant backstage after a Hedley concert in Toronto in April 2016, when she was still 15 years old.

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The defense says the groping never occurred and argues the sexual encounters were consensual.

Hoggard testified earlier this week that he had consensual “passionate” sex with each of the complainants at Toronto-area hotels.

He acknowledged that some of the acts the women described, including spitting, slapping and calling them derogatory names, may have occurred because they were part of their sexual repertoire.

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