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Saudi Airman Found Guilty Of Sexual Assault

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A jury has found a Saudi Arabian air force sergeant guilty of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy at a Las Vegas Strip hotel last New Year’s Eve.

The verdict against Mazen Alotaibi was read on Wednesday in Clark County District Court.

He could face a sentence of life in prison.

Prosecutors said the 24-year-old air force mechanic forced the boy into sex in a bathroom at the Circus Circus hotel.

Alotaibi didn’t testify at trial. He told police the boy consented to sex for marijuana or money.

His defense lawyer said Alotaibi was too intoxicated after drinking all night at a strip club to know if he was doing anything wrong.

Nevada state law says a child under 16 can’t give consent.

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