Sgt. in Saudi military accused of Vegas child rape


LAS VEGAS (AP) — A sergeant in Saudi Arabia's air force is jailed in Las Vegas on charges that he pulled a teenage boy into Las Vegas Strip hotel room and sexually assaulted him the morning of New Year's Eve.

Records show that 23-year-old Mazen Alotaibi (ahl-oh-tie-EE'-bee) is being held at the Clark County jail pending an evidence hearing Jan. 17 on kidnapping, sexual assault and felony coercion charges.

Police Lt. Dan McGrath says Alotaibi was arrested about 8 a.m. on Dec. 31 at the Circus Circus hotel.

Alotaibi's lawyer didn't immediately respond to messages.

Charging documents say the boy was younger than 14.

McGrath says Alotaibi produced a Saudi Arabian military identification and was visiting from Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.

The arrest was first reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal ( ).

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