Jacob Hoggard sexual assault trial: Plaintiff to continue Hedley singer’s testimony

TORONTO — A young woman allegedly sexually assaulted by Canadian musician Jacob Hoggard as a teenager is expected to continue her testimony at his trial today.

The woman, who took the stand for the first time Thursday afternoon, is one of two plaintiffs in the case. Neither can be identified under a publication ban.

Prosecutors allege that Hoggard, frontman for the rock band Hedley, violently raped the two women after taking them to Toronto-area hotels in separate incidents in 2016. Both complainants had traveled from out of town to see him.

An agreed statement of facts says Hoggard had a “sexual encounter” with each of the complainants on the days they arrived at his hotel.

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The singer has pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexual assault with bodily harm and one count of sexual interference, a charge that refers to sexual contact with someone under the age of 16.

In her testimony on Thursday, the complainant described meeting Hoggard in a hotel parking lot after an out-of-town concert she attended when she was 12 years old, and began communicating with him directly after a meet-and-greet. when I was 15 years old.

She told the court that their conversations became more sexual over time, particularly after they started using Snapchat, an app where messages and images are only briefly visible. Eventually, the pair exchanged nude photos and Hoggard sent her a video of himself masturbating, she testified.

The woman said that Hoggard also sent her romantic messages, saying that he loved her and that he saw a future with her. “It almost felt like a relationship,” he told the court on Thursday.

A few weeks after they started texting, she arranged for her and two friends to go see Hedley in Toronto and gave them backstage passes, she said.

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Once backstage, she said that Hoggard repeatedly touched her buttocks, which made her feel uncomfortable. She said she tried to walk away or grab her wrist hoping he would understand that she wanted him to stop.

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Prosecutors allege the two made plans to meet in Toronto in September, after the complainant’s 16th birthday. They allege that Hoggard took her to her hotel in Mississauga, Ontario, and repeatedly raped her for several hours.

In its opening statement on Thursday, the Crown said the second whistleblower met Hoggard in November after bumping into him on Tinder while Hedley was in Ottawa.

Later that month, they made plans to meet in Toronto, with the Crown alleging that Hoggard raped her “over and over” during an hour-long encounter at their downtown hotel.

Both complainants were left bleeding, bruised and sore, prosecutors allege.

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