November 27, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A boy says he was "freaked out" when a Saudi Arabian air force sergeant made sexual advances toward him in a Las Vegas Strip hotel room on New Year's Eve but didn't know how to get away before he was raped.
The 14-year-old acknowledged in testimony on Monday that he willingly followed Mazen Alotaibi (MAH'-zen ah-loh-TAH'-bee) to a room at Circus Circus in hopes of getting marijuana from him.
The teen testified that Alotaibi offered to pay him money for sex, and he only agreed to the offer in hopes of tricking the man and running away before anything happened.
Alotaibi's lawyer, Don Chairez, has argued that if any sex happened, it was consensual.
Alotaibi has pleaded not guilty to nine felonies that could get him life in prison.