The Trial of Hedley’s Jacob Hoggard—Part 1

The Trial of Hedley’s Jacob Hoggard—Part 1

By Kristi Lee | Canadian True Crime

[Part 1 of 5]

CONTENT WARNING: Graphic details of violent sexual assault and allegations involving a minor.


As frontman for the pop-rock band Hedley, Jacob Hoggard was known for pushing boundaries—both on and off the stage.

By 2022 he would also be known as one of Canada's most notorious sex offenders. How did his behaviour go unchecked for so long?

This series explores how the rise and downfall of Jacob Hoggard in the era of #metoo, and how myths around consent, rape and groupie culture continue to dominate the social discourse... and our criminal justice system.

Resources for survivors of sexual violence and abuse:

REES Community - Canada SA Centres by province or postal codeEnding Violence Canada - SA Centres, Crisis Lines and Support Services

Release schedule

To be released weekly on November 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29.

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More information:

The Cult Of Hedley: Why Jacob Hoggard’s Diehard Female Fans Are Sticking By Him No Matter What by Courtney SheaBroken idol: The early star power, warning signs and eventual conviction of Jacob Hoggard by Charles JohnstonWhy police dismiss 1 in 5 sexual assault claims as baseless by Robyn DoolittleThe Law of Consent in Sexual Assault from Women’s Legal Education & Action Fund (LEAF)

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