Alleged serial rapist still held without bond in Pinal County

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. -- Suspected serial rapist Tyler Kost will continue to be held without bond, a Pinal County Superior Court judge ordered Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Office of the Pinal County Attorney, a Simpson hearing began for the 18-year-old San Tan Valley resident on Monday to determine whether he would still be held non-bondable.

A 27-count indictment was filed in May accusing Kost of sexually related charges. The indictment includes 11 alleged victims ranging in age from 12 to 17, with the first incident reportedly occurring on Oct. 1, 2009 and the most recent on April 29.

According to the county attorney's office, minute entries from the July 14 pretrial conference showed that Kost's attorney requested a Simpson hearing, which serves as an evidentiary hearing to establish reason for non-bondable custody of a defendant.

During the nearly two-day hearing, prosecutors presented forensic interviews from alleged victims and details of the reported assaults to Pinal County Superior Court Judge Kevin White.

"My prosecutors and the Pinal County Sheriff's deputy worked hard to gather and present the evidence necessary for the judge to find holding this defendant without bond is necessary to protect the public's safety, and I thank them," Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles said in a statement.

After Kost's initial arrest in April, his bond was set at $100,000. He came up with the 10 percent needed for release but was arrested again days later after more alleged victims came forward. A judge then ordered he be held without bond.

Kost's pretrial conference is set for Aug. 11 at 9:30 a.m.