Bail $1.22M for Saudi Sgt. in Vegas Rape Case

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A judge set bail at $1.22 million for a 23-year-old Saudi Arabia air force sergeant jailed on New Year's Eve after he was accused of raping a 13-year-old boy in a Las Vegas Strip hotel room.

Defense attorney Don Chairez said he believes police unfairly questioned Mazen Alotaibi while he was drunk after the alleged Dec. 31 attack at the Circus Circus hotel.

Alotaibi said nothing in court. Chairez said he'll plead not guilty.

Chairez said he'll recommend Alotaibi remain in jail until an evidence hearing Jan. 31.

Prosecutors added two lewdness with a minor charges to kidnapping, sexual assault, felony coercion and burglary counts that could get Alotaibi decades in state prison.

Alotaibi has been stationed at U.S. air bases in Texas and Mississippi.


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