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Former Hedley frontman Jacob Hoggard to remain on bail after sexual assault conviction

Former Hedley frontman Jacob Hoggard to remain on bail after sexual assault conviction

Former Hedley frontman Jacob Hoggard to remain on bail after sexual assault conviction

WARNING: This article contains graphic content and may affect those who have experienced sexual violence or know someone affected by it.

Canadian rock musician Jacob Hoggard will remain on bail ahead of his sentencing for sexual assault causing bodily harm after violently raping an Ottawa woman in the fall of 2016.

A Toronto jury convicted the former Hedley frontman on a single charge on Sunday, but acquitted him of two charges involving a 16-year-old fan. Hoggard had pleaded not guilty to all three charges, and his trial began in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on May 5.

On Monday morning, Ontario Superior Court Justice Gillian Roberts ordered new bail conditions for Hoggard, including that he remain in the province of British Columbia, except for when he is required to travel to Toronto for court appearances.

He must reside at his family’s home in Vancouver, with a curfew from 10 pm to 6 am, among other conditions.

His wife Rebekah Asselstine would act as a surety and provide a $200,000 pledge to ensure he complied with his bail conditions.

Roberts on Sunday said a sentencing hearing for Hoggard, 37, would likely take place over summer.

The Crown had requested Hoggard’s bail be revoked following his conviction.

Hoggard is now facing a new count of sexual assault causing bodily harm, related to an alleged incident involving a third complainant in Kirkland Lake, Ont., in June 2016.

Hoggard is scheduled to appear in court on the latest charge on August 4.

More to come…

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 Ending Violence Association of Canada database. ​​If you’re in immediate danger or fear for your safety or that of others around you, please call 911.

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