A man that Taliban-linked militants held captive along with his family was arrested in Canada and faces several assault charges.
Joshua Boyle faces 15 charges including two counts of sexual assault and eight counts of assault, the Toronto Star reported. The victims were not identified.
He also faces one count of causing someone to "take a noxious thing, namely Trazodone," according to the report. Trazodone is a prescription drug typically used to treat depression.
Boyle; his wife, Caitlan Coleman Boyle; and their three surviving children were held hostage for five years in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Caitlan is a Pennsylvania native who grew up in and around Stewartstown; she and her family now are living in Smiths Falls, Ontario, about 40 miles southwest of Ottawa and 200 miles northwest of Toronto.
The alleged offenses happened between Oct. 14 and Dec. 30 in in Ottawa, according to the report. The family returned to Canada after they were rescued Oct. 11.
Caitlan Boyle told the Star that she couldn't talk about the charges.
"But I can say that 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 said.
She also said she hopes he can find help and heal.
"As to the rest of us, myself and the children, we are healthy and holding up as well as we can," Caitlan Boyle said. She gave birth to four children while in captivity.
Joshua Boyle's lawyer, Eric Granger, gave a statement to the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. after his client appeared in an Ottowa court on New Year's Day.
"Mr. Boyle is presumed innocent. He's never been in trouble before. No evidence has been provided yet, which is typical at this early stage," Granger told CBC News. "We look forward to receiving the evidence and defending him against these charges."
Joshua Boyle is expected to appear again in court Wednesday.
The Boyles married in 2011 in Costa Rica after meeting on the Internet where they bonded over Star Wars. 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.
In summer 2012 about a year after Joshua and Caitlan Boyle were married, they decided to go on a backpacking trek in Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. They also ended up in a remote area of Afghanistan outside Kabul, where militants associated with the Taliban captured them.
► Oct. 14: What were Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle doing in Afghanistan?
► Oct. 13: Taliban group killed my infant daughter, raped my wife, ex-hostage says
► Oct. 13: What's ahead for family released by militants after 5 years’ captivity?
Joshua Boyle spoke to several media outlets in the days after his and his family returned Oct. 13 to Canada about their years in captivity, a time in which they had three children.
The Haqqani network, an Afghan guerrilla insurgent group with Taliban connections, raped his wife, he said.
"The stupidity and evil of the Haqqani network's kidnapping of a pilgrim and his heavily pregnant wife engaged in helping ordinary villagers in Taliban-controlled regions of Afghanistan was eclipsed only by the stupidity and evil of authorizing the murder of my infant daughter," Boyle said after his release.
Talking with ABC News, Caitlan Boyle recalled how guards would target her eldest son, sometimes beating him with a stick.
Her first interview came via email with the York (Pa.) Daily Record. She said her memories of growing up in York County helped her during her time in captivity.
"So much of my childhood and even 20s were spent in York County. It has shaped me, and my fond memories helped to brighten some of the dark days," she said at the time.
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