A man celebrating his birthday at one of Las Vegas’s popular, booze-soaked hotel pool parties allegedly sexually assaulted another male partier who had passed out in a bathroom of the MGM Grand, according to investigators.
Prosecutors allege that Gustavo Banegas, 22, attacked the victim last month at Wet Republic, which the Strip hotel describes as an “alluring 54,500-square-foot venue” comprised of several pools, banquets, and “tricked-out Bungalows and Party Cabanas.”
On the day of the alleged assault, the Dutch DJ Tiesto performed at the adults-only Wet Republic, where crowds of young swimsuit-clad revelers can number in the thousands.
According to investigators, Banegas (seen above) found the victim passed out on a toilet. After moving the man to the floor, Banegas rubbed the victim’s genitals, performed oral sex on the man, and placed his penis in the victim’s anal opening. Like Banegas, who lives in Florida, the victim was a tourist visiting Las Vegas.
The August 17 attack was interrupted when a security guard entered the bathroom.
A criminal complaint charges Banegas with two counts of sexual assault, attempted sexual assault, and open or gross lewdness. The victim, the complaint notes, was “mentally or physically incapable of resisting or understanding the nature of Defendant’s conduct.”
Banegas was arrested at the MGM Grand and booked into the Clark County jail, where he remains incarcerated in lieu of $60,000 bail. He is scheduled for a September 23 preliminary hearing in Circuit Court.
Banegas’s rap sheet includes a November 2013 arrest for trespassing in Miami, though that misdemeanor count was not subsequently pursued by prosecutors.