CRIME BLOTTER

Saudi Sergeant Facing Rape Charges For Sex With 13-Year-Old Boy

Mazen AlotaibiA Saudi air force sergeant is facing a host of charges after allegedly raping a 13-year-old boy in a Las Vegas hotel room on New Year’s Eve.

The teen, whose name is being kept confidential, claims he was staying at Circus Circus on vacation when he was approached by Saudi airman Mazen Alotaibi, who forced him into his hotel room and sexually assaulted him  After escaping, the boy met up with a friend at a doughnut shop and then notified authorities.

Alotaibi (right) was then charged with two counts of sexual assault with a minor, two counts of lewdness with a child under the age of 14, burglary, coercion and first-degree kidnapping.

The 23-year-old Saui “repeatedly changed his story” to police, according to the Las Vegas Sun, “but then allegedly admitted to performing two sexual acts on the boy, although he called one incident an accident.”

Do we even want to know how rape can be accidental?

As if his client’s heinous deeds weren’t despicable enough, Alotaibi’s lawyer tried to paint the victim as some kind of Las Vegas Lolita. “This teenage kid was trying to buy marijuana off our client,” attorney Don Chairez told the judge. “We’re not talking about an innocent kid walking around the casino going to Krispy Kreme doughnuts.”

Chairez also claimed the boy offered to perform sex acts—and that Alotaibi was drunk at the time and had just come back from a strip club.

We know Saudi Arabia’s legal code is different, but are these supposed to be mitigating circumstances?

Fortunately, the judge wasn’t having it and set bail for $1.22 million, with a preliminary hearing scheduled for January 31. If convicted, Alotaibi faces up to 35 years to life in prison.