Arizona man accused of sexual assaults re-arrested

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — An 18-year-old Arizona man accused of being a serial sex predator who allegedly targeted fellow high school students has been re-arrested.

Officials say Pinal County sheriff’s detectives arrested Tyler Kost on Thursday on new allegations that include additional cases reported after his initial arrest.

“This is a serious and serial sex offender and rapist,” Sheriff Paul Babeu said during a news conference. “We’re approaching 20 victims. There likely will be others that come forward,”

Babeu also said Kost threatened and harassed victims that escalated so much that two fled the state and one attempted suicide.

A County Attorney’s Office spokesman was not able to immediately identify Kost’s lawyer.

“There was a clear breach of trust,” Babeu said of Kost. “From all of the accounts of the victims, (Kost) is someone who is highly manipulative, very charismatic and charming in how he presented himself. And then things obviously turned.”

The sheriff was also critical of the judge who released Kost on bond after the initial charges were filed.

Kost, who lives in the San Tan Valley on the southeast fringe of the Phoenix metropolitan area, was released on $10,000 bond after being arrested Monday on suspicion of two counts each of sexual assault and sexual misconduct with a minor.

The County Attorney’s Office said it had requested a $100,000 bond for Kost but is now asking that he be held without bond. The office says Kost allegedly threatened to kill victims and witnesses.

Kost was scheduled to make an initial appearance in court Friday on the new allegations.

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