A former member of the Canadian pop-rock band Hedley was given a five-year prison sentence for sexually assaulting a woman in a hotel room.
Sources said that on Thursday, Superior Court Judge Gillian Roberts gave musician Jacob Hoggard, who is 38 years old, his sentence for the attack in 2016.
“I believe (her). I accept her evidence in its entirety,” Roberts said, adding that Hoggard’s actions were “manipulative and particularly degrading.”
During the hours-long ordeal, the judge said, the woman made it clear that she did not want to have sex by saying, “No, stop hurting me.”
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She said that he later hit her and pulled her off the bed in the hotel room before choking her with both hands.
“Her joyful, adventurous spirit was extinguished by the sexual violence Mr. Hoggard inflicted on her,” Roberts said of the incident. “Whatever fleeting moments of gratification Mr. Hoggard derived from his conduct, they have come at the staggering and utterly unacceptable cost of forever changing (the woman’s) life.”
This month, on the first day of Hoggard’s sentencing hearing, the survivor talked about how his actions had changed her life. She told the courtroom that she was “never the same” after what he did, as reported by CBC.
Jacob Hoggard being sentenced to 5 years for sexual assault sounds like a slap on the wrist to a lot of people but it’s one of the most serious sentences I’ve seen in my career.
3 out of 1,000 victims get a conviction at all and it’s often just probation or jail on weekends. pic.twitter.com/EF5BxIM25J
— Julie S. Lalonde (@JulieSLalonde) October 20, 2022
“A part of me died that day that I will never get back,” she said. “My life as I knew it was stolen from me and shattered beyond recognition. The assault took away my worth, my privacy, my body, my confidence and my voice.”
The woman sued Hoggard for $CAD2.8 million and said she was also treated badly because she said bad things about the star.
“I was ridiculed online by complete strangers. Women I’ve never even met were making T-shirts and signs in support of the man that raped me,” she said.
Sources said that prosecutors asked for Hoggard to get between six and seven years in prison. Hoggard was found guilty of sexual assault that caused physical harm in May.
In the same case, Hoggard was found not guilty of touching a fan when she was 15 at the end of a concert and of sexually assaulting her when she was 16 in a hotel room.
#BREAKING Jacob Hoggard is sentenced to 5 years in prison. A DNA order, 20 years on the Sex offender registry, 10 year weapons ban, no contact with the victim
— Catherine McDonald (@cmcdonaldglobal) October 20, 2022
In addition to his five-year sentence, Hoggard is not allowed to own any weapons for ten years and must register as a sex offender for twenty years, according to CTV News in Toronto.
Several hours after he was sentenced, a judge from the Ontario Court of Appeal let Hoggard out on bail while he waits for the decision on his appeal.
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