A member of the Saudi Arabian military in the U.S. for a training mission has been charged with raping a boy in a Strip hotel on New Year’s Eve.
Mazen Alotaibi, a 23-year-old sergeant in the Royal Saudi Air Force, was arrested Dec. 31 and accused of assaulting a 13-year-old boy in a Circus Circus hotel room bathroom.
According to a Las Vegas police report, Alotaibi was on the sixth floor of the hotel about 7:30 a.m. when he pulled the boy into his room. Three other men were in the room smoking marijuana, the report said.
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.
Alotaibi is stationed at Lackland Air Force Base outside San Antonio. It’s unclear how long he has been in the United States. Police said he traveled from Texas to Las Vegas for the New Year’s Eve celebration.
Alotaibi was charged with kidnapping, sexual assault of a minor and lewdness. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for later this month.
It is unclear if any of the other men in the hotel room will face charges.
McGrath said police have been in contact with federal officials to ensure Alotaibi remains jailed in the United States and were told there will be no interference from any federal or international agencies.
“As far as we know he’s staying here and facing charges – obviously very serious charges,” he said.
Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland spokesman Brent Boller told The Associated Press that records show Alotaibi is stationed at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss. Boller said he could not immediately verify if Alotaibi had been at Lackland, but noted that international military students attend a Defense Language Institute English Language Center on the base to improve their English-language skills.
According to a base Website, Keesler houses an electronics training wing for U.S. and foreign military personnel.
Alotaibi’s lawyer, Don Chairez of Newport Beach, Calif., said Friday he had been in contact with U.S. military authorities at both air force bases and with the Saudi government. He said Alotaibi will plead not guilty.