Judge to instruct jury in sexual assault trial of Jacob Hoggard on Tuesday

A Toronto judge is due to instruct the jury today in the sexual assault trial of Canadian musician Jacob Hoggard.

Ontario Superior Court Judge Gillian Roberts will outline the legal principles that jurors must consider when deciding on a verdict, after which deliberations will begin.

Hoggard, 37, pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexual assault causing bodily harm and one of sexual interference, a charge related to sexual touching of a person under 16.

Prosecutors allege the Hedley frontman, born and raised in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland, repeatedly raped an Ottawa teenage fan and young woman in Toronto-area hotel rooms during a separate incidents in the fall of 2016.

They allege he groped the teenager after a Hedley show in Toronto in April 2016, when she was still 15.

Defense attorneys say the groping never happened and the sex was consensual. They allege the complainants lied about being raped to cover up their embarrassment after being rejected by a ‘rock star’.

Support is available for anyone who has been sexually assaulted. You can access crisis lines and local support services through this Government of Canada website or the Canadian Association for the Elimination of Violence Database. If you are in immediate danger or fear for your safety or the safety of those around you, please call 911.