(CNN)An Ontario judge Thursday dismissed 19 charges against a Canadian man who spent five years with his family in militant captivity in Afghanistan, according to court documents.
Charges dropped against freed Taliban hostage Joshua Boyle
Joshua Boyle, who returned to Canada with his American wife and three children following their release, faced 19 charges in connection with incidents alleged to have happened since the family's return in 2017, including charges of assault, sexual assault, uttering a death threat, and criminal harassment brought by his wife, Caitlan Coleman.
He has denied the allegations.
Boyle and Coleman were kidnapped in 2012 in Afghanistan by terrorists from the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network. Coleman was pregnant, and the couple had two more children during their five years in captivity. The couple and their children were freed in a mission carried out by Pakistani security forces based on intelligence from US authorities.
When Boyle arrived back in Toronto in 2017, he told reporters his captors authorized the killing of one of his children and raped his wife. He did not say whether the militants killed a child, only that his captors were responsible for "authorizing the murder" of his infant daughter. At that time, sources close to the family said that Boyle alluded to at least one forced abortion while in captivity.
The couple also had a child after Boyle was arrested in Canada, Boyle's attorney Lawrence Greenspon told CNN.
In the court ruling to dismiss the charges against Boyle, Judge Peter Doody of the Ontario Court of Justice, said that there were credibilit