Following numerous allegations of sexual misconduct, Hedley singer Jacob Hoggard has been arrested, charged with two counts of sexual assault causing bodily harm and one count of sexual interference.
In a news release issued Monday, the Toronto Police Service and the Peel Regional Police Service reveal that Hoggard was placed under arrest to face charges stemming from three separate incidents involving two different women.
Hoggard, 34, is scheduled to appear in court at Toronto’s Old City Hall on Thursday, July 26.
Police “are concerned there are other victims,” and ask anyone with information that could lead to further charges to contact police at 416-808-7474, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, online on their Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).
According to police, sexual assault is defined as “any form of unwanted sexual contact. It includes, but is not limited to, kissing, grabbing, oral sex and penetration. To learn more about sexual assault, including how to report a sexual assault, please visit our Sex Crimes website.”
In early 2018, Hoggard became embroiled in controversy after several accusations were made against him in a series of anonymous Twitter posts with the hashtag #OutHedley2k18. The Twitter posts ultimately led to multiple women — some as young as 14 at the time of the alleged incidents — coming forward to share allegations of sexual misconduct against Hoggard and other members of the band.
Following Hoggard’s arrest, Toronto Police Services released a photo of the singer’s mugshot:
Back in February, Hoggard addressed the multiple allegations in a lengthy statement he shared via Twitter, announcing plans to “step away” from his music career while insisting he has “never engaged in non-consensual sexual behaviour in my life. Ever.”
Hoggard’s bandmates in Hedley released a statement of their own, announcing the band “will be taking an indefinite hiatus to work on our personal relationships and who we are as individuals.”