TORONTO – Jacob Hoggard, the frontman for the Canadian rock band Hedley, will face a trial by jury on three sex-related charges involving a woman and a teenager.
Ontario Court Justice Mara Greene ruled Friday that the case should proceed after prosecutors gave an overview of their evidence and Hoggard’s lawyer agreed it met the threshold for a trial.
The evidence was presented over a two-day preliminary hearing in Toronto.
It cannot be divulged, however, due to a publication ban meant to protect the accused’s right to a fair trial. A publication ban is also in place to protect the identities of the complainants.
Hoggard, 35, nodded silently as the judge gave her decision, then sat back down next to his lawyer.
Earlier in the hearing, the singer pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexual assault causing bodily harm and one count of sexual interference.