Saudi Airman Convicted of Raping 13-Year-Old Las Vegas Boy

CBS
October 24, 2013

This Oct. 11, 2013 file photo shows Defendant Mazen Alotaibi, listens to comments by Judge Stefany Miley during the jury selection process for hit trial, at the Clark County District Court in Las Vegas.
This Oct. 11, 2013 file photo shows Defendant Mazen Alotaibi, listens to comments by Judge Stefany Miley during the jury selection process for hit trial, at the Clark County District Court in Las Vegas.
A jury found a Saudi Arabian air force sergeant guilty on Wednesday of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy at a Las Vegas Strip hotel last New Year’s Eve.

Defendant Mazen Alotaibi showed no emotion as the verdict was read in Clark County District Court.

He could face a sentence of 35 years to life in prison. Judge Stefany Miley scheduled sentencing for Dec. 16.

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

Alotaibi didn’t testify at trial. 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. .

“We’re very happy with the verdict,” prosecutor Jacqueline Bluth said. “We didn’t believe this was consensual and that the defendant was drunk.”

Jurors began deliberating Tuesday, after closing arguments. The trial featured five days of testimony in Clark County District Court.

Alotaibi was convicted of six felonies and one misdemeanor. He was acquitted of two lesser counts involving lewdness.

He has been held for more than nine months at the Clark County jail in Las Vegas on $1.7 million bail.

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