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Boy who accused Saudi man of rape in Las Vegas to testify

LAS VEGAS A California boy is due to take the witness stand Monday to tell a Nevada jury that he was raped by a Saudi Arabian air force sergeant at a Las Vegas Strip hotel during the New Year's Eve holiday.

Jurors heard a prosecutor on Friday describe the boy, then 13, escaping to an elevator after the alleged attack in a sixth-floor guest room bathroom at the Circus Circus hotel.

But a lawyer for 24-year-old Mazen Alotaibi says the boy's story doesn't hold up.

Alotaibi has pleaded not guilty to nine felonies including kidnapping, sexual assault and lewdness with a child that could get him life in prison.

Prosecutors say DNA evidence links Alotaibi and the boy, but defense attorney Don Chairez calls the DNA evidence inconclusive.

The boy, who is younger than 14, told police the man forced him into a room at the Circus Circus hotel on the Las Vegas Strip and raped him. Police arrested Alotaibi after being called to the hotel before 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 31.

The boy, who lives out of state, was staying at the hotel with his family, police said. He was taken to a local hospital for medical treatment and evidence collection and released later to family members. His name was not made public.