Saturday, January 19, 2013

A Saudi Air Force sergeant in the United States for training has been arrested on child sexual assault charges for raping a 13-year-old boy in a Las Vegas hotel, and bail has been set at just over $1.2 million

Mazen Alotaibi raped the boy on New Year's Eve 2012 at the Circus Circus hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, where both Alotaibi and the boy were guests, according to a criminal complaint. Police said that Alotaibi, 23, had been visiting Las Vegas while temporarily stationed at Lackland Air Force base in Texas. A court clerk said that bail was set for Alotaibi at more than $1.2 million on charges including child sexual assault and coercion. The judge ordered that Alotaibi surrender his passport and remain in the United States if he posts bail. He could face life in prison if convicted of the most serious charges, his lawyer said.

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