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Defense: Pinal County serial rape suspect may have been set up

Tyler Kost in an April 2014 booking photo. (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office) Tyler Kost in an April 2014 booking photo. (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
FLORENCE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

CBS 5 News has uncovered a twist in the case against a 19-year-old Pinal County man accused of 30 counts of sexual assault and abuse against 13 different alleged victims.

Court documents reveal the alleged victims might have colluded with each other and falsified their stories to police investigators.

Tyler Kost, who was 18 at the time of his arrest April 28, has been locked up in Pinal County since being indicted in 2014.

Attorneys for Kost are asking a Pinal County judge to compel the Pinal County Attorney's Office to produce records of the alleged victims' social media pages.

The defense has some of them right now, including the following group chat on Facebook between some of the girls accusing Kost. The girls are only identified by their initials.

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

Court documents reveal the above exchange happened just a few weeks before the girls accused Kost of sexual assault.

One of the victims claims Kost raped her after a homecoming dance and that she had an abortion at Planned Parenthood in Tempe. The defense also has her social media records and they wrote this in their motion to the judge:

"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 alleged victim wrote things like:

"I want to marry him someday..."

"... Gosh I love you so much..."

"...Tyler is a dream come true of a boyfriend ... "

Neither Kost's defense team nor the Pinal County Attorney's Office wanted to comment.

Kost is scheduled to be in court Monday for a number of things, including the request for all the victim's social media records.

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