Pinal County Attorney’s Office files indictment against Kost on 27 counts of sex crimes

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

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

On Thursday, May 8, Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles announced his filing of a 27-count indictment accusing of sexually related charges against Tyler Kost, 18, of San Tan Valley, according to a news release issued by the PCAO.

The day before, the Pinal County Grand Jury returned a True Bill and Mr. Voyles filed an indictment alleging criminal incidents from October 2009 through April 2014 that involved 11 victims, ranging from 12 to 17 years in age.

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According to the indictment, which was e-mailed to members of the news media May 8, Mr. Kost is accused of:

•three counts sexual abuse with a minor, under the age of 15,
•six counts sexual conduct with a minor, under the age of 15,
•one counts child molestation, a child under 15,
•seven counts sexual assault with a minor, 15 or older,
•seven counts sexual abuse with a minor, 15 or older and
•three counts sexual conduct with a minor, 15 or older.

If the defendant were found guilty on all 27 counts, he would face a sentencing exposure between 147 years and up to 335.75 years in prison, according to the county attorney’s office.

Mr. Kost was arrested Monday, April 28, by members of the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, according to a PCSO news release. After posting bail, he was released and then picked up again, after which detectives requested that he be held on a “no bond” status on May 1, according to PCSO.

Mr. Kost is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty, according to the release. He will be arraigned in Pinal County Superior Court on Friday, May 16.

“If there are any other victims out there, in this case as in all sexual or physical abuse cases, I encourage you to come forward and talk to a police officer. I want victims to know that my office starts by believing,” Mr. Voyles said in the release.

People with any information about the alleged crimes are asked to contact the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office at 520-866-5149.

“When I came into office, it was reported that as few as one in 13 sex crimes were being reported to law enforcement. Now we believe we improved the reporting of those crimes and are closer to one in eight and while this number is not great, it is hoped that through the opening of the San Tan Valley Family Advocacy Center, which is soon to come, we expect to further improve on that number,” Mr. Voyles said.

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