Former hostage Joshua Boyle arrested and charged with sexual assault and forcible confinement

Joshua Boyle, a Canadian hostage who was held in captivity with his family by the Taliban in 2012, was arrested Monday. He faces numerous charges, including sexual assault and forcible confinement.

In all, Joshua Boyle will face 15 counts:

  • eight for assault;
  • two for sexual assault;
  • two for sequestration;
  • one for uttering death threats;
  • one for administering a deleterious substance;
  • one for misleading the police.

According to the court documents, the facts occurred in Ottawa between October 14 and December 30, 2017.

The 34-year-old is still in detention and is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday morning.

“Mr. Boyle is presumed innocent. He never got into trouble before. No evidence has been presented yet, which is normal at this point, “said lawyer Eric Granger by email.

“We are waiting to receive the evidence and defend it against these charges. ”

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Kim Macalister

Kim Macalister grew up in a small town in Alberta. She studied social work in college, graduated, and married her husband one month later. They were then blessed with two baby girls within the first four years of marriage. Having babies gave their family a desire to return to the old paths – to nourish their family with traditional, homegrown foods; rid their home of toxic chemicals and petroleum products; and give their boys a chance to know a simple, sustainable way of life. They are currently building a homestead from scratch on two little acres in central Alberta. There’s a lot to be done to become somewhat self-sufficient, but they are debt-free and get to spend their days living this simple, good life together with their five young children. Kim writes mostly on provincial stories.

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