Two-day preliminary hearing for Hedley frontman Jacob Hoggard set to begin

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TORONTO — A two-day preliminary hearing is expected to begin today in the sex assault case of Hedley frontman Jacob Hoggard.

Hoggard was arrested last summer and charged with two counts of sexual assault causing bodily harm and one count of sexual interference.

Toronto police have said the charges relate to three separate incidents involving a woman and a girl under the age of 16 that allegedly occurred in the Toronto area in 2016.

Hoggard, 35, has previously denied engaging in non-consensual sexual behaviour, but has said he acted in a way that objectifies women.

Allegations of sexual misconduct emerged before the charges were laid, which prompted Hedley to go on an indefinite hiatus.