lunedì 13 febbraio 2017


FLORENCE — A San Tan Valley 20-year-old once labeled as a teenage serial rapist by Pinal County investigators was sentenced to three years in prison Friday — but not on any rape charges.
Tyler Kost admitted touching the breasts of three girls without consent and attempting to have sexual contact with two minors, although no sex act was completed.
Kost, who was arrested when he was 18 and has spent nearly three years in Pinal County Jail, pleaded guilty last month as part of an agreement with prosecutors.
Nobody involved in the case, from prosecutors and victims to defense attorneys and Kost’s family, wanted to celebrate the outcome.
Even the judge appeared uneasy with it.
“The plea agreement is ultimately appropriate,” Pinal County Superior Court Judge Kevin White said Friday. “Although neither side is not satisfied with it, and rightfully so.”
White could have sentenced Kost to more than seven years in prison, but instead gave him a minimum of three years each on two counts and allowed the sentences to run concurrently.
With 990 days already served, Kost was eligible for release as early as Friday.
The decision followed a morning of emotionally devastating testimony from some of Kost’s victims, who said he raped them and manipulated them into silence with threats and taunts.
Choking back tears, one woman said she was 14 when Kost sexually abused her. She said Kost told her if she told anyone, she would be known as a "whore" and "slut." She said she considered suicide and was later hospitalized.
“He told me God would never forgive me and my family would never love me,” another woman said, adding that she agreed to keep his secret as long as she could.
Kost’s former girlfriend said she was a freshman when he raped her. In a strong, clear voice she said, “You are one of the most sick, demented, disturbed human beings I have ever met.
Victims said Kost never apologized, even going so far as to suggest he was set up as part of a conspiracy.
Kost, shackled and wearing a brown prison jumpsuit, stared straight ahead as his former classmates and friends testified. When it was his turn to address the court, he spoke fast and read haltingly from a statement.
“I want to apologize for my actions. ... I made serious mistakes,” he said. “I’m sorry for the pain I caused.”
Kost, now 20, said he wanted to prove that he could be a good citizen and that he was worthy of trust.
The Florence courtroom was evenly split between families of victims and Kost’s supporters, many wearing buttons with his picture.
Kost’s parents made their own plea to the judge, describing his Lutheran upbringing and how “he was raised always putting others before himself.”
James and Angelique Kost said the allegations against their son upended their lives, causing them to be reviled among their friends and neighbors.
“Judge, Tyler’s a good kid,” James Kost said. “We ask that you allow him to come home and let the healing process begin.”
Former neighbors, sitting on opposite sides of the courtroom and separated by their feelings of justice in the case, winced at frequent reminders that only a few years ago they celebrated the same high school victories and attended the same homecoming games in San Tan Valley.
Their quiet suburban lives on the western edge of Pinal County were shattered in 2014 when Kost was accused of sexually assaulting and molesting 11 girls between the ages of 12 and 17.
Girls told investigators Kost started forcing himself on them in 2009 and continued to do so through April 2014, according to court documents.
Former Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu touched on their worst fears in a 2014 news conference in which he called Kost a serial rapist.
Kost was indicted on more than two dozen charges. A state law preventing defendants accused of sex crimes against minors from obtaining bail guaranteed Kost would stay locked up until his case could be heard in court.
Kost pleaded guilty to three counts of attempted sexual conduct with a minor and three counts of child abuse in January.
White said he was forced to balance the mitigating factors of Kost’s age and lack of criminal record with the aggravating factors of what victims suffered.
White also said he took into consideration reports by medical doctors and the county’s probation department indicating Kost posed a low risk to the community.
In addition to the prison term, White ordered Kost to serve 15 years' supervised probation and register as a sex offender. If he violates the terms of his release, he could face up to 50 years in prison.

Conair Adams-Whyte (20), from Crocus Street off the Springfield Road, pleaded guilty at Belfast Crown Court yesterday to a single charge of raping the schoolgirl in the bedroom of his home.

Members of the Green Party and DUP, said they were dismayed by the leniency of the sentence handed down by the judge.
DUP South Antrim election candidate Pam Cameron welcomed the prosecution but said it was "very important that the toughest possible sentences are handed out for child rape". "If it was my child, I don't think I'd feel that justice had been done," she said.
Clare Bailey of the Green Party, who worked for sexual abuse counselling service Nexus, said that many people would feel that the sentence needed to be longer.
Judges are bound by sentencing guidelines and must take into account mitigating circumstances, such as early guilty pleas, co-operation with police and remorse, as well as aggravating factors, such as intent and excessive violence.
Prosecution counsel Jackie Orr QC told the court that on September 29, 2015, police received a report that a 12-year-old girl was pregnant.
The police later met the schoolgirl at her home and she told officers that the father was Conair Adams-Whyte and she showed officers a number of messages she had received from the father on Facebook.
During a later recorded interview, the girl told police that she was supposed to be staying with Adams-Whyte's mother but she failed to pick her up.
She said that sometime later the defendant arrived at her home to collect her by taxi and took to the home he shared with his mother.
"The couple sat and watched television in the living room. She told police she asked him where she was going to be sleeping, the defendant told there was a TV in his bedroom and she was going to sleep in another bedroom afterwards.
"She told police that 'things just started to happen... it wasn't planned to happen but it did'.
She told police the defendant kissed her, took off the bottom part of her clothing and then he took off the bottom part of his clothing and he had sexual intercourse with her.
During the interview, she told police it was "sore" but she said she did not say 'no' or tell him to stop.
Adams-Whyte was arrested on October 1, 2015 and police took a DNA sample from him.
Ms Orr QC said: "He completely denied having sexual intercourse with the complainant and was released on bail."
In April 2016, the baby boy was born and a DNA sample was taken from the child which was a match to the defendant.
He was again arrested and when told that he was the father of the child, the prosecution counsel said Adams-Whyte "was speechless".
Saying the defendant had come from a "difficult family background'' Judge Smyth said that he was currently the subject of a "severe threat from a criminal element".
The court was told that a victim impact report said that the 12-year-old child was not suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.
It added that she was receiving support from a "loving mother" and her family along with social services as she copes with bringing up a child now as a 14-year-old.
Adams-Whyte has been assessed as medium likelihood of reoffending, but was not regarded as posing a serious risk of harm to the public.
"You have expressed shame for your offending and you agree that you took advantage of the situation.
"I am taking into account the fact that you're a vulnerable young man with cognitive difficulties. You were exposed to inappropriate influences which may explain your sexualisation as a young child yourself and in my view I find it likely that this contributed to this offending.
"If it were not for that fact I would have imposed a sentence of two years.
"In all the circumstances the appropriate determinate sentence is one of 21 months with 10 and a half months in custody and 10 and a half months on licence."
Adams-Whyte was placed on the sex offenders list for 10 years, barred from working with children and was told by the judge he may be barred from vulnerable people.
He was also made the subject of a five year Sexual Offenders Prevention Order.
Belfast Telegraph

One suspect charged in the violent sexual assault of a 17-year-old girl has pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting first-degree rape.
North Carolina court officials say 16-year-old Eduardo Garcia pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement, which says he will testify in his codefendants' cases and will receive 94 to 125 months for the sentence. The judge accepted Garcia's guilty plea but postponed sentencing until after the other cases are heard.
Jhovany Roman, 17, Felix Reyes, 16, and two juveniles are also charged in the case.
Just after noon on Nov. 19, officers were called to the 4900 block of Stoney Trace Drive for a report of a naked female lying in the grass. Officials say they found a 17-year-old girl with apparent signs of violent sexual assault.
The female teen was taken to Novant Hospital in Charlotte for medical treatment.
Roman, Reyes and the two 15-year-old boys are charged with first-degree rape, first-degree sex offense, assault by strangulation inflicting physical injury and three counts of felony conspiracy. Garcia is charged with three counts of felony conspiracy.
The names of the juveniles and the victim are not being released.
Police say the investigation is ongoing and it's possible more people may be involved. Anyone with information is asked to call the Mint Hill Police Department at (704) 545-1085.
There is a security gate at the Victoria Park apartment complex, but people who live there say it doesn't feel secure.

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A man who raped a 12-year-old girl while on bail accused of having sex with two 13-year-olds has been jailed for six years.
Alexander Mitchell, 23, lured the 12-year-old into his bed and raped her.
Jailing Mitchell at the High Court in Glasgow on Friday, judge Lord Boyd told him: "You asked a 12-year-old girl to climb in your bedroom window and took advantage of her and raped her.
"At the time you were on bail for having sex with two 13-year-olds. You have an obvious interest in under-age girls."
He was handed a 12 month sentence in 2014 for having sex with the two underage girls. Mitchell returned to court after his release in relation to the rape of the 12-year-old and was jailed again on Friday.
Mitchell, of Dornoch, in the Highlands, contacted his latest victim through social media, arranged to meet her and encouraged her to enter his house through a window, despite being bailed on the condition that he avoid all contact with girls under 16.
Police were alerted that a young girl had climbed through a window and when Mitchell answered the door he appeared to be nervous.
Advocate depute Ian Wallace said that Mitchell had appeared pale, sweaty and fidgety but had claimed there was no one else in the house.
Officers spotted the girl in a bedroom but she claimed she and Mitchell had just been talking and smoking cigarettes.
In March last year, she revealed that Mitchell had raped her during her visit in June 2014. She said she had not told police at the time because she was "scared of getting into trouble", the court heard.
Mitchell admitted raping the girl when she was 12 at a house near Invergordon, Ross-shire. He has a number of previous convictions for sexual offences.
Defence counsel Lorraine Glancy said Mitchell had expressed his remorse in a letter, which she handed to Lord Boyd.
Ms Glancy said: "Since the incident he has had no further contact with his victim. He is now a 23-year-old man. He knows what he did was wrong."
She said that at the time of the rape Mitchell was 20 and had taken to misusing alcohol and drugs after the death of a friend.
Mitchell showed no emotion as he was led away to begin his sentence.
Lord Boyd said that he would have jailed Mitchell for nine years, but for his guilty plea.
He also ordered Mitchell, who is assessed as posing a high risk to young girls, to be monitored in the community for two years after his release. Mitchell was also placed on the sex offenders' register.

A 21-year-old male nursing student repeatedly raped, assaulted and threatened a woman in his care between July and November last year, a Brisbane court has heard.
The Kenyan national, who cannot be named, has been in Australia on a student visa for the past year.
He was taken into custody yesterday.
He was charged with more than 20 counts of rape while working as a carer at a residence in Albany Creek, north of Brisbane, last year.
Queensland police prosecutor Sergeant Aydina Pugh told the Brisbane Magistrates Court the alleged offences were "significant".
The court heard the complainant travelled to Kenya recently, where she confided in a friend about the attacks.
She later lodged a complaint with police.
Sergeant Pugh told the court police would also argue the defendant verbally threatened the victim after the alleged assaults.
"There is still a concern of the threats he made to the victim, which has happened over a period of time, [and they] possibly may have resulted in the delay in reporting these matters to police, she said.
"The threats were serious towards the victim.
"She is vulnerable and [they happened] in the circumstances that he was her carer."
The woman's attacker was granted bail on the condition he surrendered his passport and did not make contact with the complainant.
The matter is due to be heard again next month.

Woman raped repeatedly by student nurse working as her carer, Brisbane court told Josh Bavas Feb 13 2017

A WORCESTER man who molested and raped two young children when he was a teenager has been told by top judges he cannot complain about his six-year jail term.
Robby Sandford committed a string of offences against a boy and a girl – both aged under 12 at the time – when he was about 13 years old.
The 27-year-old, of Ombersley Road, Worcester, threatened to cut the male victim's throat if he ever told anyone what had happened.
He also performed a sex act in front of a 12-year-old boy when he was aged 17.
Sandford denied any wrongdoing when faced with the allegations.
But he was found guilty of six counts of indecency, four of rape and one of sexual activity in the presence of a child at Worcester Crown Court in May last year.
On Thursday he tried to have his sentence cut at the Court of Appeal, in London, with his lawyers arguing it was "too long" given his own youth at the time.
But his complaints were thrown out by three of the country's top judges, who said his punishment was "not excessive".
Mr Justice Langstaff, sitting with Lord Justice Fulford and Judge Richard Marks QC, said: "In our view, the crown court judge was fully entitled to reach the conclusion he did in relation to sentence."

Sex offender Robby Sandford, from Worcester, fails in bid to have sentence cut by Court of Appeal Feb 11 2017

A teenage paedophile was caught trying to rape a six-year-old girl after her suspicious big sister left an iPad recording in the bedroom.
The girl, 12, was suspicious of the 17-year-old and his obsession with her six-year-old sister and set up her iPad in her sister's bedroom before setting it to record.
The High Court in Glasgow heard the footage captured on the iPad showed the 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, attempting to rape the primary school pupil.
Prosecutor Paul Brown said: "During the incident the accused took out his mobile phone and appeared to be recording what he was doing.
"The 12-year-old girl retrieved the iPad a short time later. She reviewed the footage and showed her mother who in turn phoned the police.
"At one point in the footage the child is seen to flinch as if she was in pain."
In court, the teenage boy from Edinburgh admitted attempting to rape the six-year-old on April 9, 2016, at her home in the city.
He also pleaded guilty to sexually abusing her and having a cache of indecent photographs of children, some of them babies, being sexually abused.
The court heard the 17-year-old had 153 indecent photographs of children on his phone and a further 743 images of children were found on another phone belonging to him.
Mr Brown said: "The child abuse images located on the second phone generally show very young children indeed, some are clearly babies, and show images of mostly girls being sexually abused predominantly by adult males.
"Police also searched the accused's home and found a memory card with three videos of the six-year-old being sexually abused by the accused."
Solicitor advocate Iain Paterson said: "My client is someone who needs to get help while in custody to prevent his re-offending and will take all the courses he can."
Judge Lord Burns deferred sentence on the 17-year-old until next month for sentence at the High Court in Edinburgh and placed him on the sex offenders register.

MALACCA: Police arrested 13 youths, between the ages of 13 and 21, for having “consensual” sex with a Form Two student over the past one year, The Star reported.
The youths were picked up after the girl admitted to having sex with them in the classrooms, below the staircase in school, prayer room as well as at abandoned houses and even her own home.
The Star reported that her trysts came to light after one of her male classmates revealed this to their school’s counselling teacher.
The Star reported that the girl told the teacher the sexual acts were consensual and she had never asked for money after sex.
Malacca CID chief Senior Asst Comm Kamaluddin Kassim said the teacher got more information about her year-long sexual escapades before accompanying her to lodge a police report.
Following the report, police arrested 11 schoolboys aged between 13 and 16 from three schools and another two suspects aged 21.
Kamaluddin said the suspects will be investigated for rape and committing carnal intercourse against the order of nature.
“The girl has been sent for a medical test at Malacca Hospital and will be recommended for psychiatric evaluation,” he said.
Malacca Action Group for Parents in Education (Magpie) chairman Mak Chee Kin reminded boys that even with consent, sex with girls under 16 years old is statutory rape.

Form Two girl admits to having many sex partners FMT Reporters  | February 11, 2017

A minor girl was raped by a Class X student at Dida Sansian village under the Dina Nagar police station in the district on Sunday, the police said.
According to the complaint filed by the victim’s father, his five-year-old daughter was coming back home from a shop with her younger brother when their neighbour forcibly took her into his house and raped her.
The accused managed to escape when the minor became unconscious, the police said. The victim was admitted to a community health centre here and later handed over to her family.

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