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Jury finds Saudi airman guilty in sex assault case

Jury: Saudi airman guilty of sexually assaulting boy on New Year's Eve at Las Vegas hotel

Jury finds Saudi airman guilty in sex assault case

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A jury on Wednesday found a Saudi Arabian air force sergeant guilty of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy at a Las Vegas hotel last New Year's Eve.

Mazen Alotaibi could face a sentence of life in prison.

Prosecutors said the 24-year-old forced the boy into sex in a bathroom at the Circus Circus hotel.

Alotaibi didn't testify. He told police the boy consented to sex for marijuana or money.

His defense lawyer said Alotaibi was too intoxicated after drinking all night at a strip club to know if he was doing anything wrong.

Nevada state law says a child under 16 can't give consent.

Alotaibi has been held for more than nine months in jail on $1.7 million bail.

The boy testified that he approached Alotaibi and other men early Dec. 31 because he smelled marijuana on their clothes and wanted pot.

The jury heard that Alotaibi smoked marijuana with the boy outside the hotel and asked the boy for sex. Alotaibi was seen on elevator surveillance video leaning down and apparently kissing the boy's neck on the way to the hotel room. The boy is seen running back to the elevator about 30 minutes later.

In a hotel room bathroom, Alotaibi blocked the door, offered the boy $150 then doubled the amount, and forced him into oral and anal sex, the boy testified.

The Associated Press is withholding the boy's name because of his age and the nature of the allegations.


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Updated : 2022-01-18 01:00 GMT+08:00