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Rape Suspect Might Have Been Set Up, Social Media Evidence Suggests

| by Tony Tran
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A 19-year-old rape suspect may be vindicated after some evidence from social media came to light, showing that he could be the victim of a plot.

The suspect, Tyler Kost, was 18 when he was arrested last April and charged with 30 counts of sexual assault and abuse against 13 people.

He has been behind bars since his arrest.

Kost's attorneys requested that the county judge attain records of the alleged victims' social media sites. The defense was able to get a transcript of a group chat between a few girls persecuting Kost.

Here is the transcript, per Tucson News Now:

CG: Oh well, for Tyler what were you all thinking

TS: He needs to be taught a lesson

MR: We need to come up with a plan. And yes. We should sacrifice him to Satan.

MH: We'll teach him a lesson alright.

The conversation continued with this:

MR: Lets (expletive deleted) with his mind and his car

TS: Exactly. I'm down (:

MR: Yes!! I already know this is just gonna be so much fun! <3

The conversation reportedly occurred weeks before the girls accused Kost of sexual assault. 

The accusations against him are severe, with one of the alleged victims telling law enforcement officials that "Kost raped her after a homecoming dance and that she had an abortion at Planned Parenthood in Tempe," according to Tucson News Now.

Though she made these claims against Kost, the defense found her social media presence to be at odds with the severity of his alleged crimes: "Despite being allegedly violently sexually assaulted and impregnated by Mr. Kost on October 19, 2013, she (the alleged victim) posted 41 photographs to her Instagram account between October 19, 2013 and December 9, 2013, in which she repeatedly declares her love and admiration for Mr. Kost."

The declarations of love range from saying, "I want to marry him someday," to, "Gosh I love you so much," and, "Tyler is a dream come true of a boyfriend."

Kost is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

Source: Tuscon News Now / Photo Credit: Tuscon News Now