Judge sets bail at $100K for accused San Tan Valley serial rape suspect

Tyler Kost (Courtesy of Pinal County Sheriff's Office)

Tyler Kost (Courtesy of Pinal County Sheriff’s Office)


Bond was set at $100,000 during a court hearing Friday for Tyler Kost, of San Tan Valley.

Mr. Kost was arrested two years ago after the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office received a tip accusing him of sexual assault against five victims. He was 18 at the time.

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He was booked on two counts of sexual assault and two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor. Detectives later identified eight other girls who said they were sexually abused by Mr. Kost.

A spokesman for the sheriff’s office said that in at least one case Mr. Kost threatened, harassed and told a victim to kill herself. In another, a victim said she became pregnant when she was raped after a Poston Butte homecoming dance.

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