Supreme Court restores sex assault conviction against Prince Edward Island man

Ryan Ross
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OTTAWA — A Kensington man will be heading to prison after the Supreme Court of Canada restored his sexual assault conviction.

Jeffery Lea Hogg was convicted in 2012 and later sentenced to 27 months in prison.

Hogg was found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman he met through the dating website Plenty of Fish.

The woman alleged Hogg raped her in the back of his truck while it was parked in a field.

Hogg appealed that conviction and two of three provincial appeals court judges agreed he should get a new trial because Justice Ben Taylor, who heard the original trial, erred in his application of the burden of proof.

The Crown appealed that decision to the Supreme Court of Canada in September on several grounds, including that the majority decision from the appeals court erred in its interpretation of precedent setting case law used by the courts.

Lawyers for Hogg and the Crown made their arguments Friday and in a rare ruling from the bench, the Supreme Court of Canada overturned the court of appeal decision and restored the original conviction.

Written reasons for the decision were not immediately released.

With files from The Canadian Press

Organizations: Supreme Court of Canada, Prince Edward Island Court

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, OTTAWA, Kensington

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  • Not unusual
    February 23, 2014 - 09:43

    It not unusual to meet unsavory types on line or in real life either . On line dating many have been successful but the majority of men are married looking for a fling etc so they don't tell you their real name etc . But there are ways to find out. . I had met one that was going in similar that he had this and that , but I found his pictures were dated 1970 . He also gave a fake name but let his mothers name slip . I goigleed a few things . And his separation agreement was on line in plain sight . Yea he was not really who he said and his situation was not as he said either . He was looking for some one to move in quick because his agreement was not finalized , his form or wife just left abruptly . So he was looking to save his assets which he couldn't do himself on a disabity pension and in poor health that he could probably not get from one room to another . You have to be care ful and you have to be aware . Over time you can read between the lines etc without having to meet them I person and it's not hard to figure out the bad weeds . And you would also be suprised at the diviant minds of men that use these sites and the position of their careers to supposed to represent a public trust shocking .

  • candrayo
    February 22, 2014 - 06:27

    It will be nice when these men are treated like sick men as opposed to criminals. I hope the system doesn't enable, or exasperate his condition. Lots to hope for, but I still hope. I remember babysitting him…..I feel so bad for all involved.

  • knows ......needs to move on and u r a stalker in every sense ...stay in ontario ...seak help urself
    February 21, 2014 - 23:16

    U feed off the misery of others.

  • Knows
    February 21, 2014 - 20:04

    I had encountered this man a couple of times on plenty of fish each time he used a different name Josh Macdonald Adam Dismond. He owned property on the York Rd had a boat a maid his own company. All lies I was not surprised to hear this has happened. Hopefully he will get the help he needs but too bad people had to get hurt in the meantime. He is really a sick man. His poor son what a role model sad really

  • Stacey
    February 21, 2014 - 16:32

    I hope the bastard has to start from day one all over again