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Missing Maddie McCann: German suspect charged with more sex crimes

Created: 10/11/2022, 4:13 p.m

Am 3. Mai 2007 verschwand die damals dreijährige Maddie McCann aus Großbritannien aus einem Ferienappartement im portugiesischen Praia da Luz.
On May 3, 2007, then three-year-old British girl Maddie McCann disappeared from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal. © Luis Forra/dpa

Maddie McCann has been missing since 2007. The girl disappeared from a holiday resort in Portugal. A suspect has now been charged with other crimes.

Braunschweig/Munich – The Braunschweig public prosecutor’s office has filed charges of several other serious sexual offenses against the German suspect in the case of the missing British girl Maddie McCann.

The 45-year-old Christian B. is accused of serious rape and twice serious sexual abuse of children. This was announced by the authority on Tuesday (October 11). However, the charges do not relate to the Maddie case. The girl disappeared on vacation in Portugal in 2007.

Suspect in missing Maddie McCann case: further charges

As the public prosecutor’s office in the Lower Saxony city announced, B. is said to have committed the crimes in Portugal between 2000 and 2017. The victims were therefore girls and women between about ten and about 70 to 80 years. Apparently some of them are unknown, in most cases the investigators refer to video recordings that the accused made himself. In one case, he was caught on the spot by the police.

B., who has a criminal record for child abuse, is currently serving a seven-year prison sentence in Lower Saxony for raping a 72-year-old US tourist in Portugal in Praia da Luz. According to German authorities, he used to stay there regularly. About a year and a half later, little Maddie disappeared from an apartment complex there.

Maddie McCann has been missing since 2007 – a suspect was arrested in 2020

B. is also listed by the Portuguese and German investigators as a suspect in the “Maddie” McCann case. Even 15 years after her disappearance, the then three-year-old is still missing. In June 2020, the police led a trail to Bavaria. Suspect Christian B. was arrested at the time. (mbr with AFP)

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