The main suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann has been charged with multiple sex offences, German prosecutors said.
The convicted sex offender Christian Brückner is accused of five crimes between 2000 and 2017 in Portugal, the Braunschweig public prosecutor announced.
Investigators believe the 45-year-old killed Madeleine, then three, after abducting her from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on May 3, 2007.
Brueckner, who has allegedly denied any involvement in the case, was identified as a suspect in the McCann case by Portuguese officials in June 2020.
The Madeleine McCann suspect charged in Germany with multiple sex offenses is Christian Brueckner, senior German prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters has confirmed to the PA news agency.
The convicted sex offender was charged with the alleged rape of a woman in her 70s at her vacation rental in Portugal at an unknown date between 2000 and 2006, and the alleged rape of a 20-year-old Irish woman in Praia da Rocha in 2004.
Brueckner is also alleged to have orally raped a young girl at her home in Praia da Luz after tying her up and flogging her on an unknown date between 2000 and 2006. He is said to have filmed the incidents.
He is said to have exposed himself to a 10-year-old German girl in Faro in 2007 and to an 11-year-old Portuguese girl in Bartolomeu de Messines in 2017.