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Madeleine McCann suspect charged with Portuguese sex offenses

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None of the charges against Christian Brueckner are said to relate to the disappearance of the three-year-old in 2007

The main suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann has been charged in Germany with multiple unrelated sexual offenses allegedly committed in Portugal between 2000 and 2017.

The charges against Christian Brueckner, 45, span a period from December 2000 to June 2017. He is accused of the rape of three women, sexual abuse on a beach in April 2007 and another count of sexual abuse in 2017.

None of the charges are believed to relate to the disappearance of Madeleine, who disappeared from a holiday home in Portugal in 2007 at the age of three.

Brueckner, who has reportedly denied any involvement in Madeleine’s case, is currently serving a sentence in Germany for a 2005 rape in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz – the same resort the toddler disappeared from two years later while on holiday with his parents . Kate and Gerry.

He was named a suspect by Portuguese prosecutors investigating Madeleine’s disappearance earlier this year, marking one of the most significant developments in the case.

In 2020, Brueckner was identified by German prosecutors as the man believed to be “responsible” for Madeleine’s kidnapping and murder. However, he was not charged with the disappearance.

That said prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters Email online: “We hope to be able to focus our full energy on the McCann case once the other investigations are complete.

“But we don’t know how it will end, for now it’s still open, maybe we can bring charges, maybe we can’t, but we’re still hopeful.”

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