Joshua Boyle arrested and faces 15 charges

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Joshua Boyle arrested and faces 15 charges

Mr. Boyle is facing 15 charges including assault, sexual assault, unlawful confinement and misleading police, according to documents filed in an Ottawa court. The offences are alleged to have occurred in Ottawa between Oct. 14 and Dec. 30. The names of the alleged victims are protected by a publication ban. The charges have not yet been tested in court.

Mr. Granger told The Globe on Tuesday he can say very little about the case at this point. "Mr. Boyle is presumed innocent. He's never been in trouble before. No evidence has been provided yet, which is typical at this early stage," he said in an e-mail, adding that his client has been through a lot of late.

"He's only very recently been released, and nobody goes through what he's been through and just picks up where he left off in 2012. I don't have any more specific insights than that."

A week before Christmas, Mr. Boyle posted to Twitter pictures of him and his family visiting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in his Centre Block office.

A spokesman for the Prime Minister's Office said he would not comment on an ongoing investigation, but the office previously confirmed the meeting between Mr. Trudeau and the Boyle family took place.

Mr. Boyle was married to Zaynab Khadr, the sister of former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr, a decade ago. Five years ago, he was kidnapped while travelling to the Afghanistan-Pakistan border regions with his second wife, an American named Caitlan Coleman.

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