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Ex-Taliban hostage accused of sexually assaulting wife

One of the two people accusing former Taliban hostage Joshua Boyle of sexual assault is his wife — it was disclosed in court Monday.

A gag order was lifted as Boyle’s trial in Ontario court began, revealing that all but one of the 19 charges against him are associated with his estranged Pennsylvania-raised spouse Caitlan Coleman.

The identity of the second alleged victim is still protected by a court-ordered publication ban, according to the CBC.

The couple were taken hostage in 2012 by Taliban-linked militants while backpacking in Afghanistan. They had three children during their five years of captivity, before being rescued in October 2017.

Just two months after their return to Canada Boyle, 35, was charged with assault, sexual assault and other charges. He was arrested a week after a visit with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Police say the offenses happened in Ottawa between Oct. 14, 2017 and Dec. 30, 2017.

In a statement released days after Boyle’s arrest, Coleman said the “strain and trauma” her husband endured during their years of captivity was to blame.

“I can’t speak about the specific charges, but I can say that ultimately it is the strain and trauma he was forced to endure for so many years and the effects that that had on his mental state that is most culpable for this,” she had said.

Boyle has pleaded not guilty and is currently out on bail under house arrest.

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