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Joshua Boyle, Caitlan Coleman's husband, charged with using ropes, broomstick in assaults

Written by Gordon Rago/The York Daily Record | Jan 26, 2018 4:13 PM
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Caitlan Coleman, left, appears in a video alongside her husband, Joshua Boyle, and two children. Coleman, of York County, and Boyle were captured in 2012 while in northern Afghanistan. They are believed to be held by the Haqqani network, a Taliban faction.(Photo: Submitted)

(Undated) -- Newly filed criminal charges indicate that former hostage Joshua Boyle used ropes and a broomstick during a series of alleged sexual assaults after his release in October.

Boyle, the Canadian husband of York County native Caitlan Coleman Boyle, was arrested earlier this month in Ottawa.

Details of the alleged assaults are not clear and a court order prevents the publication of the names of witnesses and victims.

There were a new set of 19 charges filed against Boyle on Friday, after the prosecution in the case withdrew the original 15 charges, according to CBC News. That type of move is not uncommon, the news outlet reported.

The new charges include one count of sexual assault with a weapon (ropes) and one count of assault (a broomstick). Boyle is also charged with making a death threat, three counts of unlawful confinement and misleading a police officer, among others.

Boyle, 34, appeared Friday in court via video from a detention center in Ottawa. He will be transferred to a forensic treatment unit about an hour south of Ottawa, CBC News reported.

One of Boyle's lawyers, Lawrence Greenspon, told a judge that his client had seen a doctor who declared Boyle fit to stand trial.

But a more in-depth, 60-day assessment was recommended, a request that the court accepted.

Boyle's next court appearance is scheduled for March 26.

Boyle is the husband of Caitlan Coleman Boyle. Caitlan grew up in southern York County and her parents live in Stewartstown.

This story comes to us through a partnership between WITF and The York Daily Record

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