Police hope to charge Madeleine McCann suspect Christian B in her “kidnapping and murder” earlier this year

Detectives hope to indict pedophile Christian B later this year in the kidnapping and murder of Madeleine McCann.

It comes as the 45-year-old was charged with sexually assaulting a girl just days before the Brit’s disappearance.

Maddie suspect Christian B is said to have molested a 10-year-old girl weeks before she disappeared

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Maddie suspect Christian B is said to have molested a 10-year-old girl weeks before she disappeared
The alleged attack took place on a beach near Salema in Portugal's Algarve

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The alleged attack took place on a beach near Salema in Portugal’s AlgarvePhoto credit: Getty
The beach is only seven miles from Praia da Luz, where Madeleine lived with her family

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The beach is only seven miles from Praia da Luz, where Madeleine lived with her familyCredit: Alamy

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He allegedly struck seven miles from Portugal’s Praia da Luz, where Maddie, then three, disappeared in 2007.

Police also accused him of assaulting four other women and girls.

Detectives hope to indict pedophile Christian B later this year in the kidnapping and murder of Madeleine McCann.

The news came as Christian B was accused of a series of disgusting sex crimes in Portugal’s Algarve, including a day before Madeleine disappeared from there.

Authorities said the convicted German sex monster remains a prime suspect in Madeleine’s disappearance in 2007.

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Sources revealed “a concrete case” is being built against him and detectives are looking to press charges by the end of the year.

German prosecutors yesterday revealed details of five different attacks allegedly carried out by Christian B between December 2000 and June 2017 along the Portuguese holiday coast.

This includes an attack on a 10-year-old girl just 26 days before Madeleine disappeared from Praia da Luz, seven miles away.

The ailing drifter is said to have pounced on the German youngster as she was playing on rocks on a Salema beach on April 7, 2007.

Prosecutors say he was naked except for a pair of shoes as he ran after them.

He grabbed the terrified child by the wrist and forced her into a disgusting sex act before releasing her and fleeing, police papers say.

Prosecutors have also charged Christian B – who often videotaped his alleged crimes – with three counts of rape and another sexual assault.

He is currently in Oldenburg, Germany, serving seven years for the rape of a 72-year-old woman in Praia da Luz in September 2005.

Specifically, the accused is charged with three offenses of serious rape and two offenses of sexual abuse of children

Braunschweig public prosecutor

Yesterday’s charges detail another violent rape of an elderly woman sometime between December 2000 and April 2006.

Police say he “surprised an unidentified woman in her 70s and 80s” at her vacation rental.

The statement added: “The suspect is accused of tying up and raping the victim.

“Then he hit the victim several times with the whip. The accused is also said to have recorded the entire process.”

The second alleged rape was an attack on a 20-year-old Irish woman at her holiday home in Praia da Rocha.

She was awakened in the early hours of June 16, 2004 by a masked devil clutching a knife. The victim was then tied to a table and raped before another violent sex act took place.

The rapist again filmed much of his attack on video camera and then fled via the balcony.

The third rape charge – which appears to be supported by video evidence – relates to a sexual assault on a teenager between December 2000 and April 2006.

Christian B. is accused of bringing the German-speaking girl, “at least 14 years old”, to his apartment in Praia da Luz and tying her up there.

He again filmed himself whipping the girl with a whip, forcing her into a sexual act.

The fifth charge brought against him yesterday relates to an attack on an 11-year-old girl in São Bartolomeu de Messines, near a snail festival popular with families.

Police said the suspect lunged at the teen while she was sitting on a swing at a playground around 2 a.m. on June 11, 2017.

He exposed himself before she ran to her father. Christian B. was grabbed and arrested after the Portuguese police were called, but was never prosecuted.

Her disappearance sparked the largest missing children case in history

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Her disappearance sparked the largest missing children case in historyCredit: AP
Christian B, 45, has been charged with three counts of rape and two counts of child sexual abuse

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Christian B, 45, has been charged with three counts of rape and two counts of child sexual abusePhoto credit: Rex

The alleged beach sex attack puts Christian B – who had a VW camper van – in an area just a 14-minute drive from Praia da Luz, days before Madeleine disappeared.

Christian B’s alleged victim, now 25, has told police they recognized his face on TV.

He was pursued by her brother and father who failed to catch him.

The disappearance of three-year-old Madeleine from her ground-floor apartment in Praia da Luz’s Ocean Club has sparked the biggest missing-person hunt in history.

Bumbling Portuguese police focused on her parents – who were dining with friends nearby – rather than an opportunistic child thief.

The lead then went cold before German police identified Christian B as their prime suspect.

They are now convinced Christian B kidnapped and killed Madeleine and say they are building a “concrete” case against him.

However, distressed mum Kate, 54, and her husband Gerry, 55, of Rothley, Leics, have never given up hope that one day she will be found alive.

German police’s statement on the new offenses on Monday said an arrest warrant had been issued for Christian B. because her evidence raised the “highest possible suspicion”.

The dossier against him on the five charges is said to be more than 100 pages after “very intensive and extensive investigations in several European countries”.

The statement added: “The investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann is ongoing – regardless of these charges.”

German police are leading the hunt because their legal system allows nationals accused of crimes abroad to be tried at home.

Meanwhile, Christian B’s attorney has appealed to seek a reconsideration of his 2019 rape conviction, claiming the evidence used to support his conviction was weak. He was convicted after DNA was matched to him from a hair found in the victim’s bed.

His lawyer Friedrich Fulscher said last night that the new charges came as a “complete surprise”.

He further claimed that the allegations were based on “dubious witnesses and on video evidence that no one could find.”

The McCanns had not responded to requests for comment last night.

Lead that led to sexual allegations

  • Sometime between December 2000 and April 2006: Accused of raping and flogging a 70- to 80-year-old man at a vacation home. Also accused of raping and flogging a German girl of “at least 14 years old” after he tied her up in the Praia da Luz apartment.
  • June 2004: Accused of raping, tying up and torturing a 20-year-old Irish woman after she climbed a balcony in Praia da Rocha.
  • Sept. 2005: Raped and tortured a 72-year-old US pensioner at her holiday home in Praia da Luz and was later convicted and jailed.
  • April 2007: Charged with having naked sex in front of a 10-year-old German girl on rocks seven miles from Praia da Luz.
  • May 2007: Madeleine McCann disappeared from her apartment at the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz.
  • June 2017: exposed herself to an 11-year-old Portuguese girl in a playground in Bartolomeu de Messines. Was caught but never prosecuted.
  • June 2020: German police reveal Christian B is their suspect in Madeleine’s disappearance.
  • October 2022: Christian B is charged with five sex offenses, including three aggravated rapes.

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