Correction: Saudi Sergeant-Rape Charge story

AP News
Posted: Jul 02, 2013 5:12 PM


LAS VEGAS (AP) — In a story July 1 about a Saudi Arabia air force sergeant jailed in a Las Vegas sex assault case, The Associated Press reported erroneously that defense attorney Don Chairez was seeking to reduce bail to $85,000. Chairez seeks in court documents to reduce bail for Mazen Alotaibi to $230,000.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Lawyer seeking bail for Saudi in Vegas rape trial

Lawyer seeking bail for Saudi Arabia air force sergeant in Vegas Strip child sex assault case

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A judge is being asked to reduce bail for a Saudi Arabia air force sergeant accused of abducting and raping a 13-year-old boy at a Las Vegas Strip hotel on New Year's Eve.

Defense attorney Don Chairez is due to argue Monday that it's unfair to keep holding Mazen Alotaibi on $1.72 million bail pending trial July 22. Chairez says bail should be $230,000.

Alotaibi is charged with kidnapping, sexual assault of a minor under 14, lewdness with a child, coercion and burglary.

He could face life in prison if he's convicted of kidnapping and sex assault.

Chairez says in court documents that Circus-Circus hotel video raises doubts about the boy's claim that he was forced into a room and raped early Dec. 31.