Saudi Air Force Sergeant Mazen Alotaibi Accused of Raping 13-Year-Old Boy in Las Vegas Hotel
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that 23-year-old Mazen Alotaibi, a sergeant in the Royal Saudi Air Force, was arrested Monday and accused of raping a 13-year-old boy in the Circus Circus casino-hotel on the Las Vegas Strip on December 31.
According to a police report, Alotaibi pulled the boy into his room, where three other men were smoking marijuana, at around 7:30 a.m. According to the boy, none of the men spoke English.
Alotaibi allegedly confessed to police that he offered the boy money for sex, but the child refused. The Saudi then allegedly raped him in the hotel room’s bathroom.
The boy fled the room when Alotaibi was getting dressed. He notified hotel security and was then taken to University Medical Center where an examination confirmed he’d been raped.
Las Vegas police claim Alotaibi confessed to drinking Hennessy cognac all night before abducting the boy and “put[ting] his penis in his mouth for just a couple of seconds.” Alotaibi also allegedly admitted that his penis “accidentally” penetrated the boy’s rectum.
“We have a very strong case based on the victim’s statements and evidence at the scene,” Las Vegas Police Lt. Dan McGrath told the Review-Journal.
Alotaibi is reportedly stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, where a rape scandal has made national headlines, although Lackland officials claimed the Saudi was actually assigned to Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. Police say Alotaibi traveled to Las Vegas to celebrate the New Year. The victim was visiting the city with a relative.
Alotaibi has been charged with kidnapping, sexual assault of a minor and lewdness. He is being held without bail at the Clark County Jail and is scheduled for a January 17 evidence hearing.
Lt. McGrath said he has spoken with federal authorities to make sure the Saudi remains in the United States to face the charges against him.
“As far as we know, he’s staying here and facing charges– obviously very serious charges,” McGrath said.
In Alotaibi’s native Saudi Arabia, where Sharia law applies, alcohol consumption is punishable by up to months in prison, and the penalty for homosexuality is death.
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