In early February of this year, Jacob Hoggard from the Canadian pop-rock band Hedley was accused of sexual assault from a young underage fan. After the initial story broke, other stories started trickling in from women recounting experiences of being inappropriately groped by the singer to full blown rape allegations.
Now five months later, Jacob Hoggard has actually been arrested by Toronto Police. The singer was brought in for one count of sexual interference and two counts of sexual assault causing bodily harm. Which stem from two separate occurrences.
What some might not know, is that when police departments make an arrest or something happens they publish a news release that informs the media and the public of what took place. This information ranges from road closures to crimes, and in some cases, when celebrities are arrested and brought in.
Which is exactly what the Toronto Police did yesterday when they charged the Hedley frontman.
This is standard practice but it's also refreshing to see that despite being a celebrity and a public figure, information on Hoggard's arrest sat nestled between information on a missing girl from the Victoria Park and Kingston Road area and an update on the Danforth shooting. There was no preferential treatment going on.
And much like every other release found on the site, it outlined the details of the arrest. The news release stated that Hoggard had been charged with the 2 above mention crimes and it was based on alleged incidents that happened in 2016.
It also revealed that Hoggard will be appearing in court at Toronto's Old City Hall on Thursday, July 26th at 2 p.m. in room 111.
It ended with the chilling statement that Toronto Police believe that there are more victims. Which is not hard to believe when you compare the many stories online to the small number of women who have come forward.
The at the very end of the release, there's an accompanying photo of Hoggard.
They also added in a very small disclaimer about what classifies as sexual assault. Saying:
A sexual assault is 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.
While again this is all standard procedure, it's not uncommon to see celebrities get special treatment when dealing with the law. However, apparently when it comes to dealing with the Toronto Police celebrities and public figures should heed the warning that they'll be treated just like everyone else.
To clarify - when we say it's strange, we mean that it's strange to see that justice is being served in a way that makes it clear that he's going through the same process as everybody else. So strange equals good. It's a good, unexpected and refreshing kind of strange.