Saudi Sergeant Mazen Alotaibi, 24, was arrested on New Years Eve in 2012 for the alleged rape of a 13-year-old child at the Circus Circus Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
The unidentified 13-year-old says that he was accosted in the hotel hallway while he was walking to the hotel’s doughnut shop and pulled into a hotel room.
He was allegedly forced to perform oral sex on Alotaibi and was penetrated anally before he was able to escape and report the rape to hotel security.
He was taken to a hospital for examination and the results of that examination led to the arrest of the Saudi Sergeant.
At the time of his arrest, Alotaibi said that he was drinking Hennessy all night and was drunk when he met the boy.
He claimed that he only “put his penis in his mouth for just a couple of seconds” and that is “accidentally” went into the boy’s rectum.
There were at least three other men in the room during the time the alleged rape took place.
The trial began Friday with both sides admitting that the child willing went to Alotaibi’s hotel room on the the morning of Dec. 31 to purchase marijuana.
The other men in the room were not arrested and have since left the country.
Don Chairez, Aliotaibi’s attorney, according to the Washington Post, has described the the boy as a child prostitute and said that if any sexual acts did take place, they were consensual.
Even if there was “consensual” sex between the two, a person under 16 years of age cannot legally consent to sex.
The victim is expected to testify on Monday.
The trial is expected to take at least five days.
Alotaibi rejected an earlier plea deal to avoid trial and faces life in prison, if convicted.