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Saudi sergeant child rape case going to trial

By By KEN RITTER

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Saudi Arabia air force sergeant accused of abducting and raping a 13-year-old boy on New Year's Eve is heading for trial in Nevada.

Mazen Alotaibi (MAH'-zen ah-loh-TAH'-bee) gave up his right Thursday to an evidence hearing in the case.

That meant the boy didn't have to testify.

Defense attorney Don Chairez (shar-EHZ') says there's still evidence to collect and he's trying to negotiate a resolution that avoids trial.

Prosecutors added two new lewdness charges to kidnapping, sexual assault with a minor, and other counts against the 23-year-old aircraft mechanic.

Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Bill Kephart increased bail to $1.72 million.

Alotaibi could face life in prison if he's convicted.

Chairez says his client will plead not guilty at arraignment Feb. 6.

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