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Saudi air force sergeant charged with raping boy on New Year’s Eve in Strip hotel

Updated Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 | 5:14 p.m.

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Mazen Alotaibi

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Circus Circus

2880 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas

A Saudi Arabia air force sergeant has been charged with raping a teenage boy who was visiting the Las Vegas Strip on New Year's Eve.

Metro Police were called Monday morning to Circus Circus by hotel security, according to Lt. Dan McGrath with Metro's sexual assault unit.

A 13-year-old boy, who was a guest at the hotel, had been walking down a hallway sometime after 8 a.m. when Mazen Alotaibi — a sergeant of the Saudi Arabian air force who was visiting Las Vegas on holiday — made contact and forced the boy into his room, McGrath said.

"This juvenile was not a family member and had no connection (with the suspect) before then," McGrath said. "It was a random contact."

After a police investigation, Alotaibi was charged with first-degree kidnapping, two counts of sexual assault with a minor under 14 years of age, burglary and sexually motivated coercion, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Clark County District Attorney's Office in Las Vegas Justice Court.

"It's a substantial and strong case," McGrath said. "The evidence is more than probable cause. It's not questionable."

Alotaibi had been temporarily stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, officials said.

Alotaibi is being detained at the Clark County Detention Center in a facility segregated from the general jail population. There are no immediate plans to deport him, an official said.

A preliminary hearing for Alotaibi is scheduled for Jan. 17 in Las Vegas Justice Court.

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  1. Why not let him out into the main line?

  2. Homosexuality is taboo in Islam and a big deal in Saudi Arabia. Unfortunately we have found from experience that these folks come here and do what they can't at home.

    I had numerous Saudi Royal Air Force and Navy students in my classes as a US Marine and had to act as a 'sponsor' for one. I had to intercede more than once to avoid an international incident and keep DC happy. I vowed never to repeat that more than unpleasant duty.

  3. It's sad that the US punishes immigrants that come here to make a better life, but we welcome terrorists here with open arms to commit crimes. And I call this man a terrorist not because he is Arab, but because he is Saudi. Even recently Saudi clerics have advocated rape in Syria against women, blessing the event as temporary "marriages".

    George W. Bush famously said in his speech, "Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists." Time for the Saudi Royal Family to own up to this and decide if they want to embrace Western Culture, or continue to feed radical Islam which breeds terrorists like this scumbag that threaten the world wherever they go.

  4. @BRASS
    You're right. Homosexuality is rampant in Saudi but if they are found out - that's it for them!! It is a huge, probably "not so hidden" secret over there.

    Interesting to see what is going to happen with this kid. He should be thanking Allah that he is not being sent back to Saudi.

  5. Europe keeps telling us that multi-culturalism doesn't work. So we keep letting any and every body from diverse "cultures" in our midst and this stuff happens over and over again. In many "cultures" force is accepted as long as the forceful "outrank" the preyed upon. This Perp had our State Department's blessings to train at Lackland AFB and took some time off in Vegas--he has the run of the country. And O. wonders why Americans don't feel safe on their own streets and in our day-to-day life. If there is no way to track "visitors" and no way to insist they limit their exploits to the reasons they are in this country via Visa restrictions then STOP ISSUING VISAS.

  6. This visitor didn't attack the boy because he is gay and was looking to have sex with another man. Homosexuals don't settle for children if they can't find the right dude to hook up with. This man is a child predator.

  7. Great incite, Brooke. The dude is a predator.