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PCSO: High school student suspected of 13 sexual assaults

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SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. - Pinal County Sheriff's officials say a detective received a call from a person who reported an 18-year-old student at Poston Butte High School had sexually assaulted, sexually abused and molested teenage girls in the San Tan Valley area.

Investigators say they have identified 13 alleged victims. 12 are high school students and another is 13-years-old.

According to PCSO, one of the victims reported Tyler Kost threatened, harassed and told her to kill herself. She attempted to commit suicide and while hospitalized, she received a message from Kost, which threatened that if she returned to school, he would "make her life a living hell."

On April 28, Kost was arrested and booked into the Pinal County Jail for two counts of sexual assault and two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor.

Kost's bond was set at $10,000. The amount was quickly posted and he was released from custody.

Per PCSO, the investigation continues and additional charges are pending.

Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, "Over 80% of female victims who are sexually assaulted or raped never report the crime to law enforcement. The young female victims in this case were threatened, harassed, stalked and then either forcibly sexually abused or sexually assaulted by Tyler Kost. This investigation is still in the early stages and 13 victims have been identified and I am sure this number will climb. We want to help every victim so if you have any information on these cases please report it to our detectives."

This is a developing story. Stay with FOX 10 News for updates.

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