The disturbing account of 18-year-old serial rapist Tyler Kost recently made international headlines, and now, Planned Parenthood is under fire for allegedly not reporting the rape of one of the teen’s victims.
The Florence, Arizona teen was indicted this week on rape charges for sexually assaulting at least 18 students over the course of five years. The 18-year-old allegedly committed the multiple rapes of various victims that ranged in age from 12 to 17. Despite the fact that many of the rapes happened when Kost was legally a minor, the teen will still be tried as an adult for all of them.
"In Arizona, once an individual turns 18, we don't have a choice," said Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles. "[State law] makes it fairly clear."
Now, startling reports claim that Planned Parenthood failed to report the rape of a 15-year-old girl that came in for an abortion following an assault.
"The counselor intentionally miscoded the assault as a consensual encounter," said the girl’s parent to police, as documented in the police report. "The counselor told them they did not want the hassle of having to report the assault to law enforcement, as they were a mandatory reporter."
Planned Parenthood Arizona says they are cooperating with the investigation and claim that they only heard about the incident involving their employee this past week.
"We immediately contacted the Pinal County Sheriff's Office to get more information," said the organization in a statement. "We have directed all of our health center managers and clinical supervisors to reiterate our strict policy for reporting any illegal activity. We have zero tolerance for staff failing to meet our standards and policies."
Kost targeted girls at his high school, and because of his heinous crimes, he would face between 147 and 334 years in prison if he’s found guilty on all charges.