Bail for an accused child rapist from another country? via Saudi Air Force sergeant accused of child rape in Las Vegas | Reuters.
Jan 18 (Reuters) – A Saudi Air Force sergeant in the United States for training has been arrested on child sexual assault charges over accusations he raped a 13-year-old boy in a Las Vegas hotel, and bail was set on Friday at just over $1.2 million, authorities said.
Mazen Alotaibi is accused of raping the boy on New Year’s Eve 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.
The man’s defense lawyer said his client had been in Las Vegas with a group of Saudi military friends ahead of the impending end of his U.S. training, and had spent the hours before the incident drinking.
“He was two weeks from graduating. He came to Las Vegas to celebrate. It was New Year’s Eve,” the attorney, Don Chairez, told Reuters, complaining that Alotaibi was intoxicated when he was interrogated by police and that he admitted he may have had sexual contact with the boy only under aggressive questioning.
“There is no evidence my client dragged this kid to the hotel room,” Chairez said, adding that the boy had approached the Saudi group looking to buy marijuana. “They repeatedly tried to get rid of him.”
A court clerk said that bail was set for Alotaibi at more than $1.2 million on Friday on charges including child sexual assault and coercion.
Las Vegas media reported that 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.
He was granted bail? Will the Saudi’s bail him out? Will he disappear like the bin Laden family members did after 9/11?
From the original report, Saudi sergeant arrested, admits raping 13-year old boy in Las Vegas hotel:
The boy told police that none of the men spoke English.
Alotaibi later told police he offered the boy money for sex, and when he refused, he raped the boy, the report said.
The boy was able to leave the room as Alotaibi was getting dressed. He told hotel security about the incident and was taken to University Medical Center for treatment and testing by a sexual assault nurse.
The exam confirmed sexual trauma, the report said.
The boy was visiting Las Vegas with a relative and did not know Alotaibi, said police Lt. Dan McGrath.
“We have a very strong case based on the victim’s statements and evidence at the scene,” he said.
Alotaibi told police he was drinking Hennessy all night and was drunk when he met the boy. He first denied allegations, but later admitted he “put his penis in his mouth for just a couple of seconds” and his penis “accidentally” went into the boy’s rectum.