Check here for area closings due to winter weather

Teen accused of sexually assaulting 13 girls

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Tyler Kost, 18, of San Tan Valley, Arizona

 

Tyler Kost, 18, of San Tan Valley, Arizona

Tyler Kost, 18, of San Tan Valley, Arizona

SAN TAN VALLEY, AZ (KPHO) — An Arizona teen is accused of multiple sex crimes against 13 girls in the San Tan Valley area, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.

Nearly all of the victims are high school students, according to PCSO spokesman Sgt. Pat Ramirez. Sheriff’s investigators said they discovered one girl is 13 years old. 

The suspect in the case is identified as Tyler Kost, 18, of San Tan Valley. Kost is a student at Poston Butte High School. He was arrested on Monday and booked into the Pinal County Jail on two counts of sexual assault and two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor related to one of the cases.

In one case, Kost threatened, harassed and told one of the victims to kill herself, deputies said. The girl followed through and attempted suicide and was hospitalized, Ramirez said.

While in the hospital, she allegedly got a message from Kost, threatening that if she returned to school he would “make her life a living hell,” Ramirez said. Fearful of returning, she packed up and moved out of state, the sheriff’s office said.

The arrest came after a citizen tipped off a Pinal County sheriff’s detective assigned to the Persons Crimes Bureau. Initially, the citizen told PCSO that there were five victims.

Detectives opened an investigation and identified eight other girls who claimed they had been sexually assaulted, sexually abused and molested by Kost, Ramirez said. 

A judge set bond at $10,000, which was quickly posted and Kost was released from custody.

Detectives are continuing the investigation and additional charges are pending.

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said he anticipated more victims might be identified.

People with any information about the alleged crimes are asked to contact the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.

CLICK HERE for updates to this story.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

3 comments