Former Afghan hostage being tried on assault against midstate-native wife
FILE: 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)
(Ottawa, Ontario) — Former Afghanistan hostage Joshua Boyle has gone on trial in Canada on charges that he repeatedly assaulted his wife, who is a native of the midstate.
Boyle faces 19 charges, including sexual assault. A partial gag order was lifted as the trial started Monday, revealing that all but one of the 19 charges relate to his American wife, Caitlan Coleman of Stewartstown, York County.
Boyle and Coleman were taken hostage in 2012 by a Taliban-linked group while on a backpacking trip in Afghanistan. The couple had three children during their five years in captivity. The family was rescued in 2017 by Pakistani forces.
Boyle was arrested in December that year.