Scales of justice
A man who raped a woman he met through an online dating website will be going to prison for 27 months after a judge sentenced him in P.E.I. Supreme Court today.
Jeffrey Lee Hogg, 32, appeared before Justice Ben Taylor for sentencing after he was found guilty in October of sexual assault.
In handing down the sentence, Taylor said he agreed with rulings from other judges that there should be a starting point for sentences in sexual assault cases.
Taylor said the starting point in Hogg’s case should be about two years in prison based on similar sentences in other cases.
Hogg met the victim through online dating service Plenty of Fish where he went by the profile name “easygoingguy11” and told her his name was Chris MacDonald.
He also went by the name Chris Diamond.
Hogg and the victim were supposed to go for a walk on the beach on their second date, but instead he drove to a field where they kissed and got into the back seat of his truck.
It was there that he raped her.
Although Taylor used two years as the starting point for the sentence, he said there were aggravating factors in the case.
Although Hogg didn’t use a weapon and the victim didn’t suffer any physical injuries, the sexual assault was forceful and violent, Taylor said.
Hogg, who is overweight and much larger than the victim, held her down and forced her legs apart.
Taylor said the victim was unable to move or offer resistance because of Hogg’s weight and strength.
A degree of planning was also an aggravating factor with Hogg taking the victim to the field and intending to coax her into the back of his truck, Taylor said.
He said that if Hogg had been successful he would have had sex with the victim whether she wanted to or not.
When it came to mitigating factors, Taylor said there were many things about the case that had no effect on sentencing, such as Hogg taking the case to trial, which didn’t spare the victim from having to testify.
Taylor said Hogg’s girlfriend described him in positive terms, but there were no other mitigating factors.
Throughout the proceedings Hogg sat at the defence table with his head down and he showed little emotion when Taylor sentenced him to 27 months in prison.
Hogg will have to provide a DNA sample for the national databank and his name will be on the sex offender registry for 20 years.