The German suspect in the case of missing toddler Madeleine McCann was extradited twice from Portugal for child sex crimes, but Portuguese authorities never linked him to her disappearance, according to a report.
Christian Brueckner, 43, who had been living in southern Portugal, was sent back to Germany in 1999 after spending four years on the lam for sexually abusing a child.
Brueckner was extradited to his home country again in 2017 to serve a 15-month prison sentence for the sexual abuse of another child and for possessing child pornography.
That same year, he was taken into custody for exposing himself at a children’s playground close to Praia da Luz, the Portuguese resort where the British toddler disappeared in 2007, the Daily Mail reported.
“It may be hard to believe, but it is true,” said a broadcaster on the Portuguese RTP network last week. “The suspect in the murder of Madeleine McCann was twice extradited from Portugal to Germany for sex crimes against children but was never investigated into her disappearance from Praia da Luz.”