Boy Testifies Against Saudi In Vegas Rape Case
A 14-year-old boy testified Monday that he was "freaked out" when a Saudi Arabian air force sergeant made sexual advances toward him in a Las Vegas hotel room on New Year’s Eve but didn’t know how to get away before he was raped.
The teen acknowledged that he willingly followed defendant Mazen Alotaibi (MAH’-zen ah-loh-TAH’-bee) to the room at Circus Circus in hopes of getting marijuana from him.
He said Alotaibi offered to pay him money for sex, and he only agreed to the offer in hopes of tricking the man and running away before anything happened.
Alotaibi, 24, has pleaded not guilty to nine felonies, including kidnapping, sexual assault and lewdness with a child. If convicted, he could be given life in prison. He is being held at the Clark County jail.
Alotaibi’s lawyer, Don Chairez, has argued that if any sex happened, it was consensual. He does not believe any force was used.
The sergeant, who was in the U.S. for military training, told police that he met the boy in a hallway at the hotel on Dec. 31. He said the boy wanted marijuana and offered to exchange sex for money.
Nevada state law says children under 16 cannot consent to sex.