Madeleine McCann suspect Christian B 'may have carried out more rapes' in the Algarve, say German cops

MADELEINE McCann suspect Christian B may have carried out more rapes in the Algarve according to German cops.

Police in Germany have now urged their Portuguese counterparts to investigate other "rapes and sexual abuse" which they believe he may have carried out.


The chief prosecutor in the Madeleine McCann probe in Germany confirmed the move as he gave more details of a sex offence Christian B is now being linked to.

He spoke of a sex offence committed against a 10-year-old on an Algarve beach just a month before Madeleine vanished.

Hans Christian Walters told investigative Portuguese journalist Sandra Felgueiras: “We are investigating whether he committed more crimes in Portugal.

“I’m not able to say how many cases are under investigation at the moment.

“But we think there could be more crime, more sexual abuse, more rapes.

“We are asking the Portuguese authorities to investigate whether that possibility exists.”

The police chief went on to confirm reports made earlier on Friday in Germany – that Bruckner was a suspect in crime where a man performed a sex act in front a young girl on a beach near the Praia da Luz resort.

Madeleine vanished from the same resort on May 3 that year.

He told Portuguese state broadcaster RTP: “We think he could be responsible for a crime of sexual abuse on a 10-year-old German child in Portugal in April 2007.

OTHER VICTIMS

“We are investigating currently if Christian B did this. He has not been charged. He is only a suspect.

“We have been investigating since April 2019.

“German police asked Portuguese authorities if there had been any sexual crime in Portugal around the time Madeleine McCann disappeared and they came back with this case.

“It was in the same area where Madeleine was kidnapped.

“We have spoken to the victim. I cannot confirm at the moment if she recognised Christian B.

“It didn’t occur during a burglary. I cannot go into detail about the case because the investigation is ongoing but I can say it happened on a beach.

“He’s suspected of masturbating in front of the young girl. In Germany this is classified as sexual abuse.”

He added: “I can’t say at this time how close we are to charging him.”

'CHILD SNATCHED'

German magazine Spiegel reported the girl was grabbed on Salema Beach around a 15-minute drive west of Praia da Luz.

She was said to have been playing with other children during a trip to the beach with her parents and their friends when a naked man grabbed her.

It said she was saved when adults rushed to help her and the man fled the scene.

The magazine reported the investigation against B into the case had already been closed because the victim could not identify him in pictures.

But it is believe to have been resumed after he was named as the main suspect in the Madeleine McCann case.

The young woman reportedly contacted police again, saying she was now "99 per cent" sure Christian B was the perpetrator.

Christian B was arrested in 2017 on suspicion of exposing himself to young kids at a playground in Sao Bartolomeu de Messines, a 40-minute drive from Praia de Luz.

Police later found he was wanted by Germany on an international arrest warrant for child sex abuse and possession of child pornography.

He was extradited to Germany and never prosecuted in Portugal following the Algarve arrest.

He is currently serving a seven-year sentence in northern Germany after he was convicted of sexually assaulting the daughter of a former girlfriend.

Police have now named Christian B as the prime suspect in the abduction of Madeleine McCann


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