Joshua Boyle, former Taliban hostage, charged with sexual assault, confinement: reports

Joshua Boyle, the Canadian man who was freed in fall along with his family after five years of captivity from a Taliban-linked group, has been charged with several crimes including sexual assault, according to various reports.

Boyle is facing 15 charges in all, including sexual assault, unlawful confinement and uttering threats, CBC News reported, citing court records. He made a court appearance in Ottawa on New Year’s Day and was scheduled to appear again in court on Wednesday morning, both CTV and the CBC News reported.

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Caitlan Coleman, Joshua Boyle and their children.

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TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 23: Caitlan Coleman, the wife of Canadian Joshua Boyle, holds her infant daughter as she speaks to the Star from the grounds of a hospital in Ottawa, in her first interview since the family's rescue from Taliban- linked militants in Pakistan. (Michelle Shephard/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Freed Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle and one of his children walk outside the Boyle's family home in Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada, on October 14, 2017. Boyle, whose family was freed from captivity in Pakistan last week, arrived back home early October 14. He accused his kidnappers of murdering his baby daughter and raping his wife during his family's years-long captivity by the Haqqani network, a Taliban-affiliated group operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Boyle leveled the accusations in a terse statement he read on arrival in Toronto late October 13 with his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, and three children, who were freed on October 11 by Pakistani troops. / AFP PHOTO / Mike CARROCCETTO (Photo credit should read MIKE CARROCCETTO/AFP/Getty Images)

Joshua Boyle speaks to the media after arriving with his wife and three children to Toronto Pearson International Airport, nearly 5 years after he and his wife were abducted in Afghanistan in 2012 by the Taliban-allied Haqqani network, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, October 13, 2017.

(REUTERS/Mark Blinch)

Linda Boyle, mother of freed Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle, arrives with grocery bags at the Boyle family home in Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada, on October 14, 2017. Freed Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle, who arrived back home early October 14 morning, accused his kidnappers of murdering his baby daughter and raping his wife during his family's years-long captivity by the Haqqani network, a Taliban-affiliated group operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Boyle leveled the accusations in a terse statement he read on arrival in Toronto late October 13 with his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, and three children, who were freed on October 11 by Pakistani troops. / AFP PHOTO / Mike Carroccetto (Photo credit should read MIKE CARROCCETTO/AFP/Getty Images)
Freed Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle watches as one of his children plays outside the Boyle's family home in Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada, on October 14, 2017. Boyle, whose family was freed from captivity in Pakistan last week, arrived back home early October 14. He accused his kidnappers of murdering his baby daughter and raping his wife during his family's years-long captivity by the Haqqani network, a Taliban-affiliated group operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Boyle leveled the accusations in a terse statement he read on arrival in Toronto late October 13 with his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, and three children, who were freed on October 11 by Pakistani troops. / AFP PHOTO / Mike CARROCCETTO (Photo credit should read MIKE CARROCCETTO/AFP/Getty Images)
Joshua Boyle speaks to the media after arriving with his wife and three children at Toronto Pearson International Airport, nearly 5 years after he and his wife were abducted in Afghanistan in 2012 by the Taliban-allied Haqqani network, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, October 13, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Blinch
Security guards outside freed Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle's family home in Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada, on October 14, 2017. Freed Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle, who arrived back home early October 14 morning, accused his kidnappers of murdering his baby daughter and raping his wife during his family's years-long captivity by the Haqqani network, a Taliban-affiliated group operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Boyle leveled the accusations in a terse statement he read on arrival in Toronto late October 13 with his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, and three children, who were freed on October 11 by Pakistani troops. / AFP PHOTO / Mike Carroccetto (Photo credit should read MIKE CARROCCETTO/AFP/Getty Images)
SMITHS FALLS, ON - OCT. 12: Boyle-room: The room in the Boyle's Smith Falls, Ont. home that has been set up for the return of Joshua Boyle's three children, born in captivity during their five years held hostage. (Michelle Shephard/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Linda Boyle, mother of freed Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle, arrives at the Boyle family home in Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada, on October 14, 2017. Freed Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle, who arrived back home early October 14 morning, accused his kidnappers of murdering his baby daughter and raping his wife during his family's years-long captivity by the Haqqani network, a Taliban-affiliated group operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Boyle leveled the accusations in a terse statement he read on arrival in Toronto late October 13 with his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, and three children, who were freed on October 11 by Pakistani troops. / AFP PHOTO / Mike Carroccetto (Photo credit should read MIKE CARROCCETTO/AFP/Getty Images)
SMITHS FALLS, ON - OCT. 12: Patrick Boyle, his wife Linda and security consultant Andy Ellis talk to Canadian and U.S. officials about the release of Joshua Boyle, his wife Caitlan Coleman and their three children. The couple had been held hostage for five years by the Haqqani network. Their three children were born in captivity. (Michelle Shephard/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
SMITHS FALLS, ON - OCT. 12: Joshua Boyle's sister sits with their family dog, with a crib in the foreground that family is getting ready for her 2-month-old niece. (Michelle Shephard/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 12 - Linda and Patrick Boyle in their Smith Falls, ON. home awaiting the arrival of their son, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren who were rescued by the Pakistani army on Oct. 11. Joshua Boyle, 34, Caitlan Coleman, 31 were held hostage by the Haqqani network for five years. All three of their children, two sons 4 an 2 and a 2-month-old daughter were born in captivity. (Randy Risling/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Joshua Boyle walks through the airport after arriving with his wife and three children at Toronto Pearson International Airport, nearly 5 years after he and his wife were abducted in Afghanistan in 2012 by the Taliban-allied Haqqani network, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, October 13, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Blinch
Patrick Boyle, father of freed Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle walks outside his home in Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada, on October 14, 2017. Joshua Boyle, whose family was freed from captivity in Pakistan last week, arrived back home early October 14. He accused his kidnappers of murdering his baby daughter and raping his wife during his family's years-long captivity by the Haqqani network, a Taliban-affiliated group operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Boyle leveled the accusations in a terse statement he read on arrival in Toronto late October 13 with his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, and three children, who were freed on October 11 by Pakistani troops. / AFP PHOTO / Mike CARROCCETTO (Photo credit should read MIKE CARROCCETTO/AFP/Getty Images)
Joshua Boyle stands with his father Patrick Doyle (L) after arriving with his wife and three children to Toronto Pearson International Airport, nearly 5 years after he and his wife were abducted in Afghanistan in 2012 by the Taliban-allied Haqqani network, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, October 13, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Blinch
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 12 - Linda and Patrick Boyle in their Smith Falls, ON. home awaiting the arrival of their son, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren who were rescued by the Pakistani army on Oct. 11. Joshua Boyle, 34, Caitlan Coleman, 31 were held hostage by the Haqqani network for five years. All three of their children, two sons 4 an 2 and a 2-month-old daughter were born in captivity. (Randy Risling/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Freed Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle talks on the phone outside the Boyle family home in Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada, on October 14, 2017. Boyle, whose family was freed from captivity in Pakistan last week, arrived back home early October 14. He accused his kidnappers of murdering his baby daughter and raping his wife during his family's years-long captivity by the Haqqani network, a Taliban-affiliated group operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Boyle leveled the accusations in a terse statement he read on arrival in Toronto late October 13 with his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, and three children, who were freed on October 11 by Pakistani troops. / AFP PHOTO / Mike CARROCCETTO (Photo credit should read MIKE CARROCCETTO/AFP/Getty Images)
Freed Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle talks on the phone as one of his children plays outside the Boyle's family home in Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada, on October 14, 2017. Boyle, whose family was freed from captivity in Pakistan last week, arrived back home early October 14. He accused his kidnappers of murdering his baby daughter and raping his wife during his family's years-long captivity by the Haqqani network, a Taliban-affiliated group operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Boyle leveled the accusations in a terse statement he read on arrival in Toronto late October 13 with his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, and three children, who were freed on October 11 by Pakistani troops. / AFP PHOTO / Mike CARROCCETTO (Photo credit should read MIKE CARROCCETTO/AFP/Getty Images)
Joshua Boyle speaks to the media after arriving with his wife and three children to Toronto Pearson International Airport, nearly 5 years after he and his wife were abducted in Afghanistan in 2012 by the Taliban-allied Haqqani network, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, October 13, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Blinch
Freed Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle talks on the phone outside the Boyle family home in Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada, on October 14, 2017. Boyle, whose family was freed from captivity in Pakistan last week, arrived back home early October 14. He accused his kidnappers of murdering his baby daughter and raping his wife during his family's years-long captivity by the Haqqani network, a Taliban-affiliated group operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Boyle leveled the accusations in a terse statement he read on arrival in Toronto late October 13 with his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, and three children, who were freed on October 11 by Pakistani troops. / AFP PHOTO / Mike CARROCCETTO (Photo credit should read MIKE CARROCCETTO/AFP/Getty Images)
Journalists wait outside freed Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle's family home in Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada, on October 14, 2017. Freed Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle, who arrived back home early October 14 morning, accused his kidnappers of murdering his baby daughter and raping his wife during his family's years-long captivity by the Haqqani network, a Taliban-affiliated group operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Boyle leveled the accusations in a terse statement he read on arrival in Toronto late October 13 with his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, and three children, who were freed on October 11 by Pakistani troops. / AFP PHOTO / Mike Carroccetto (Photo credit should read MIKE CARROCCETTO/AFP/Getty Images)
Journalists work outside freed Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle's family home in Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada, on October 14, 2017. Freed Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle, who arrived back home early October 14 morning, accused his kidnappers of murdering his baby daughter and raping his wife during his family's years-long captivity by the Haqqani network, a Taliban-affiliated group operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Boyle leveled the accusations in a terse statement he read on arrival in Toronto late October 13 with his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, and three children, who were freed on October 11 by Pakistani troops. / AFP PHOTO / Mike Carroccetto (Photo credit should read MIKE CARROCCETTO/AFP/Getty Images)
Security guards outside freed Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle's family home in Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada, on October 14, 2017. Freed Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle, who arrived back home early October 14 morning, accused his kidnappers of murdering his baby daughter and raping his wife during his family's years-long captivity by the Haqqani network, a Taliban-affiliated group operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Boyle leveled the accusations in a terse statement he read on arrival in Toronto late October 13 with his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, and three children, who were freed on October 11 by Pakistani troops. / AFP PHOTO / Mike Carroccetto (Photo credit should read MIKE CARROCCETTO/AFP/Getty Images)
Patrick Boyle, father of freed Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle, puts up a bedsheet to block the view of journalists camped outside the Boyle family home in Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada, on October 14, 2017. Freed Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle, who arrived back home early October 14 morning, accused his kidnappers of murdering his baby daughter and raping his wife during his family's years-long captivity by the Haqqani network, a Taliban-affiliated group operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Boyle leveled the accusations in a terse statement he read on arrival in Toronto late October 13 with his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, and three children, who were freed on October 11 by Pakistani troops. / AFP PHOTO / Mike Carroccetto (Photo credit should read MIKE CARROCCETTO/AFP/Getty Images)
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Boyle’s attorney said in a statement to NBC News that there was very little he could say about the case and that “the matter is before the courts.”

“Mr. Boyle is presumed innocent. He's never been in trouble before,” said attorney Eric Granger. “No evidence has been provided yet, which is typical at this early stage.”

“We look forward to receiving the evidence and defending him against these charges” he added.

Related: Freed hostage says captors killed daughter, raped wife

Boyle said that while there was little he could confirm, the media reports “about the identity of the charges and who is facing them is not known to me to be inaccurate at this point.”

Granger told the Associated Press that his client faced at least a dozen charges, including sexual assault, assault and forcible confinement.

Boyle and his American wife, Caitlin Coleman, were kidnapped by militants while hiking in Afghanistan in 2012. Coleman was pregnant at the time.

She, Boyle and their three children born in captivity were rescued by Pakistani troops in October after five years of being held as hostages.

Boyle said after his release that the insurgents killed an infant of theirs while they were held hostage and that his wife was raped by a guard.

"The stupidity and the 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 at the time.

Members of the Haqqani Network and the Afghan Taliban have denied the allegations.

There is a publication ban that bars reporting on information that could identify any alleged victims or witnesses in the Canadian case.

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