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Saudi airman convicted of raping boy in Strip hotel

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Mazen Alotaibi talks to an attorney during his rape trial in this undated image. (File/FOX5) Mazen Alotaibi talks to an attorney during his rape trial in this undated image. (File/FOX5)
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.

According to Nevada state law, a child under the age of 16 cannot give consent.

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