An Arizona Planned Parenthood clinic failed to report the rape of an underage girl, thereby facilitating the sexual assault of more young women, according to a complaint filed with the Department of Health Services last week.
The complaint, which calls on the department to investigate the clinic for ignoring mandatory reporting laws, alleges that when the girl’s mother brought her in for an abortion after her rape, a clinic worker told them that filing a sexual assault report would be too much of a “hassle.” The alleged rapist, Tyler Kost, has been charged with 27 felonies for assaulting 11 girls ranging in age from 12 to 17 years old. He is currently being held without bond “to protect the public’s safety,” according to Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles.
Kost allegedly assaulted four more minors between the girl’s abortion in January and his arrest in May.
Shortly after his arrest, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office called on the Arizona attorney general to pursue a criminal investigation of the clinic for failing to report the assault and allocated resources to assist with the investigation. When asked whether they were preparing an investigation, the attorney general’s office declined to comment. Failure to report sexual conduct with a minor in Arizona is a Class 6 felony. Some states impose penalties for acting to prevent a report, although Arizona is not currently one of them