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Neighbors upset over sex assault suspect's 'low' bail

Tyler Kost (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office) Tyler Kost (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
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CBS 5 News has uncovered that prosecutors asked for a much higher bond for 18-year-old Tyler Kost than the one set by a Pinal County judge. 

Kost is the San Tan Valley teen charged with two counts of sexual assault and he is being investigated in nearly a dozen more alleged cases.

We have confirmed the Pinal County deputy attorney asked for a $100,000 bail for Tyler Kost. We now know the judge presiding over the case, Judge Larry Wharton, set Kost's bond at $10,000.

Two adults leaving Kost's home had no interest in talking about the two sex assault charges facing the 18-year-old.

"No comment," the man in the driver's seat said to reporters as he drove off. "Stay off our property please. No comment," he added.

But those who live near Kost, like Tara McDowell, didn't shy away from talking about Kost's bond.

"I think he should have never been bailed out," McDowell said. "I don't think that is a bondable offense."

Court documents obtained by CBS 5 detail two incidents of sexual conduct allegedly involving Kost and one of the victims who has mental health issues.

"How do you just get to come home like everything's OK, and hide in your house, in a neighborhood that has two schools in it?" McDowell asked. "That's not OK."

Through forensics and text messages, detectives say they discovered the alleged crimes happened at a community pool and in the Magma Ranch desert area, where they say they found four used condoms. Kost allegedly later texted the victim acknowledging he knew the sexual activity was a crime.

Through further investigation, PCSO detectives say they interviewed 11 other alleged victims who are all under age 18. Four of them disclosed sexual conduct with Kost and the other seven disclosed some type of sexual conduct.

They are all disturbing details for McDowell and Connie Chartier. The two of them run an in-home daycare across the street from Kost's home.

"We haven't even been able to let our kids out today [Wednesday]," Chartier said. "We're just not comfortable letting them out there. He can clearly see into the backyard where our children play, from his second story," she added.

A representative for Pinal County said they haven't seen court paperwork to know what went into the judge's bond decision. Efforts to get through to Wharton himself were unsuccessful.

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