Tyler Kost released from custody after plea deal

Posted at 9:00 PM, Feb 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-18 00:44:34-05

A San Tan Valley man, who was previously labeled a teenage rapist, is now out from behind bars and back home with his family.

Tyler Kost, 20, was released from jail around noon on Friday after choosing to accept a felony record instead of going to trial. His release comes just one week after he was sentenced to three years in prison and 15 years of probation.

He was released because of time served and other credits, according to his lawyers.

In 2014, Kost, then 18 years old, was accused of sexually assaulting multiple female classmates between the ages of 12 and 17. In January, Kost pled guilty to attempted sexual conduct against a minor and child abuse and the sexual assault charges were dropped.

According to Kost's attorneys, the alleged victims framed Kost after becoming inspired by the movie "John Tucker Must Die." The movie is about a group of girls getting revenge on an alleged "player."

Kost is required to register as a sex offender for the duration of his probation, his lawyer said.