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Bail $1.22M for Saudi sergeant in Vegas child rape case; lawyer calls police interview unfair

  • Mazen Alotaibi, right, appears in Las Vegas Justice Court with court interpreter Theresa Tordjman, who is translating the court proceedings in Arabic, for a hearing at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas, on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. Alotaibi faces kidnapping, sexual assault with a minor and felony coercion charges. (AP Photo by Leila Navidi/Las Vegas Sun)The Associated Press

  • File-This file photo provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Mazen Alotaibi, 23, a sergeant in Saudi Arabia’s air force who was arrested Dec. 31, 2012, in Las Vegas on charges that he pulled a teenage boy into Las Vegas Strip hotel room and sexually assaulted him. An evidence hearing will be postponed while a defense attorney seeks bail for Alotaibi facing a child sex assault charge in Las Vegas. The prosecutor and defense attorney say a Thursday court date will be reset for Alotaibi. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department,File)The Associated Press

  • Mazen Alotaibi appears in Las Vegas Justice Court for a hearing at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. Alotaibi faces kidnapping, sexual assault with a minor and felony coercion charges (AP Photo by Leila Navidi/Las Vegas Sun)The Associated Press

A judge set bail at $1.22 million for a 23-year-old Saudi Arabia air force sergeant jailed on New Year's Eve after he was accused of raping a 13-year-old boy in a Las Vegas Strip hotel room.

Defense attorney Don Chairez (shar-EHZ') says he believes police unfairly questioned Mazen Alotaibi (MAH'-zen ah-loh-TAH'-bee) while he was drunk after the alleged Dec. 31 attack at the Circus Circus hotel.

Alotaibi said nothing in court. Chairez says he'll plead not guilty.

Chairez says he'll recommend Alotaibi remain in jail until an evidence hearing Jan. 31.

Prosecutors added two lewdness with a minor charges to kidnapping, sexual assault, felony coercion and burglary counts that could get Alotaibi decades in state prison.

Alotaibi has been stationed at U.S. air bases in Texas and Mississippi.