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Jackson witness arrested for sex with minor

Elatab allegedly told victim he'd seen singer seduce a girl
/ Source: The Associated Press

A potential witness in the Michael Jackson trial is accused of having sex with a minor.

Ahmad Elatab is held on $25,000 bail. The 18-year-old faces charges of sexual assault, criminal sexual contact and impairing the morals of a minor.

Police say a 14-year-old Paramus Catholic High School girl who knew Elatab from a belly-dancing class invited him to her home while her parents were sleeping earlier this month.

Police say Elatab brought pornographic discs and they watched them in the basement.

Police say the girl told them Elatab bragged he had been at Jackson's house and had seen the pop star seduce a girl. Elatab told police the sex was consensual, authorities said, and he denied saying that he saw Jackson seduce a girl. Consent, however, is not at issue because the girl is underage. The age of consent in New Jersey is 16.

Elatab is on the list of potential witnesses for Jackson's child molestation trial. He also has been a vocal defender of the pop singer's innocence.

He befriended Jackson's cancer-stricken accuser and said the boy told him Jackson helped him fight the illness through meditation.