Freed Taliban hostage, married to York County woman faces list of charges

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The couple also met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, which came to light after the former had posted photos of their meeting on Twitter in December past year.

Boyle appeared in a criminal court on Monday after he was arrested and a hearing of the case was scheduled for Wednesday.

A second victim has brought on a separate count of assault.

- Two counts of unlawful confinement. Officials had discounted any link between that background and Boyle's capture, with one describing it in 2014 as a "horrible coincidence". Among the charges are two counts of sexual assault, and one count of misleading police.

Interestingly, according to the court document, all the offences took place between October and December, when he was in Canada after his dramatic recovery by Pakistan's armed troops. The charges have not been proven in court.

There is a publication ban on any information that would identify any alleged victim or witness.

Boyle, a Canadian, and his American wife, 31-year-old Caitlan Coleman, along with their three young children, were rescued on October 11 by Pakistani troops from captivity in Pakistan and Afghanistan, where they were held by Taliban-linked extremists.

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A meeting between the prime minister and former hostage Joshua Boyle's family in Justin Trudeau's Parliament Hill office is raising questions about who gets to meet with Canada's head of government and why.

"The kids and I are doing OK given the circumstances", Coleman said. The couple has three children, each of them born in captivity and each also held against their will, as reported by The Toronto Star.

US officials gave a different account of the family's captivity and rescue, saying the family spent nearly all of their five-year confinement in Pakistan, not in Afghanistan.

While they were hostages, Caitlan Boyle miscarried their first child. He and his wife were frequently separated and beaten.

The family was eventually rescued and returned to Canada on October 13, just one day before Boyle's crime spree is alleged to have begun.

Granger and Greenspon wrote in an emailed statement to CBC News Wednesday that Boyle is presumed innocent and has no criminal history.

His lawyer emphasized that he never had been in trouble with the law previously. "We look forward to receiving the evidence and defending him against these charges", Granger said in an email to AFP.

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