A father rescued from Taliban-linked militants fewer than three months ago will be spending at least the next five days in a Canadian detention center after his arrest earlier on more than a dozen charges, including sexual assault.
Joshua Boyle, 34, whose family now is living in Ottawa after moving from his parents' house in Smiths Falls, Ontario, made a brief appearance via video for a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Ottawa, where the 15 charges — including eight counts of assault, two of sexual assault, two claims of unlawful confinement and one accusation of a death threat — were filed. He was told that he will remain in custody until a Monday bail hearing, the Toronto Star reported.
No other details about the assault accusations nor his arrest date are available though police allege the offenses occurred between Oct. 14 and Dec. 30.
Court records show two alleged victims, the Canadian Broadcast Corp. reported. The provincial court issued an order preventing publication of information that could identify any alleged victims, different from laws in the United States where media generally don't identify potential victims of sexual assault without their consent.
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Pakistani security forces rescued Boyle; his 32-year-old wife, Caitlan Coleman Boyle; and their three children Oct. 11. The couple had been held captive for five years after being kidnapped in October 2012 in Afghanistan's Wardak province.
They had begun their tourist trek through Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan about a year after getting married in Costa Rica. When they were captured in the Taliban stronghold southwest of Kabul, Caitlan Boyle was seven months pregnant.
While they were hostages, Caitlan Boyle miscarried their first child. Her husband said that came about because the militants put massive doses of estrogen in her food, causing her pregnancy to end.
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Later she gave birth to three other children in captivity, sons who are ages 4 and 2 and a daughter less than a year old. The births were part of their plans to have a large family, she told the Toronto Star 10 days after the family landed Oct. 13 in Canada.
in separate emails Tuesday to the Star, both Joshua Boyle's lawyer, Eric Granger, and Caitlan Boyle alluded to potential post-traumatic stress disorder as a reason for his alleged behavior.
"Ultimately, it is the strain and trauma he was forced to endure for so many years and the effects that that had on his mental state that is most culpable for this," she wrote.
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His lawyer emphasized that he never had been in trouble with the law previously.
Caitlan Boyle is a U.S. citizen who grew up in Stewartstown, Pa., about 2 miles north of the Mason-Dixon line and 30 miles north of Baltimore. She and her husband of six years met online, bonding over their love of Star Wars.
Joshua Boyle is a Canadian citizen in his second marriage. He had been married previously to Zaynab Khadr, sister of a Canadian captured in Afghanistan who was held at Guantanamo Bay from 2002 to 2012.
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Joshua Boyle, middle, poses with his family in mid-December 2017 during a visit in Ottawa with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is holding Ma'idah Grace Makepeace Boyle. Caitlan Coleman Boyle holds Dhakwœn Noah Boyle as Najæshi Jonah Boyle rearranges cushions in the background. (Photo: @BoylesVsWorld via @JustinTrudeau)