Centennial – A jury today found a Saudi Arabian guilty of sexually assaulting an Indonesian housekeeper and keeping her as a virtual slave in his suburban home for four years.
Homaidan Al-Turki, 37, a citizen of Saudi Arabia who lives in Aurora, had faced state charges of sexual assault, and kidnapping.
After deliberating about a day, jurors convicted him of reduced charges of unlawful sexual contact, false imprisonment, criminal extortion and felony theft.
He faces up to life in prison at sentencing Aug. 31, prosecutor spokeswoman Kathleen Walsh said.
After the conviction was announced Al-Turki’s attorney, John Richilano, who had argued that cultural differences were at the heart of the charges, said he would appeal. He declined further comment.
About two dozen men, women and children who were in the courtroom in support of Al-Turki erupted in cries after the verdicts were read. Some were distraught and had to be helped by others out of the courtroom, while one man was confronted by a sheriff’s deputy and ordered to leave.
Al-Turki, dressed in a full-length white robe, was led away in handcuffs.
Prosecutors and FBI agents have said Al-Turki and his wife, Sarah Khonaizan, brought the now 24-year-old woman to Colorado to care for their five children and to cook and clean for the family.
An affidavit said she spent four years with the family in the suburban home, sleeping on a mattress on the basement floor and getting less than $2 a day.