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Police seeking sex attacker in Madeleine McCann case

Police Looking For Sex Attacker In Madeleine McCann Case

By CASSANDRA VINOGRAD

LONDON (AP) - British police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann said Wednesday they are seeking an intruder who sexually assaulted five girls in the region of southern Portugal where the British toddler was last seen.

Police have linked 12 crimes between 2004 and 2010, in which a man entered holiday villas occupied by British families in Portugal's Algarve region. In several of those cases, the man sexually assaulted young girls.

Det. Chief Insp. Andy Redwood acknowledged there were differences between the characteristics of the 12 incidents and the McCann case - such as time of day and the fact that there were no abductions - but stressed the need to identify the intruder.

"This is an offender who has got a very, very unhealthy interest in young, white, female children who he is attacking whilst they are on holiday in their beds," Redwood said. "We really need to identify the offender, to bring to a close the trauma and the tragedy that these families have suffered, and then seek to establish whether this is connected to Madeleine's disappearance."

British police haven't released a composite sketch of the suspect.

Portuguese police made no comment. Cases that are under investigation in Portugal are covered by a judicial secrecy law, which forbids the release of information.

Madeleine was nearly 4 years old when she disappeared in May 2007 from her family's resort apartment in Praia da Luz on Portugal's south coast while her parents and their friends dined nearby.

Portuguese police failed to find the missing girl or a culprit, but reopened the case last year.

British detectives are conducting their own investigation and have been sifting through case files in Portugal and pursuing several avenues of investigation.

Madeleine's disappearance sparked global interest as pictures of her and her grieving parents beamed around the world. Her parents briefly met with Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Square in June 2007, a month after Madeleine disappeared, and the pontiff held a picture of their daughter.



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muscle3332007 March 19 2014 at 4:55 PM

I just have to wonder why it's taken them so long to announce this when the attacks happened between 2004 and 2010. That was 4 years ago? Shouldn't they have connected these dots back when it was happening? Well I hope they find that poor girl and give their parents some peace.

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mrscrutty muscle3332007 March 19 2014 at 5:02 PM

Because the local police suspected the parents from the beginning and set their investigation around that premise.

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Ness mrscrutty March 19 2014 at 5:43 PM

I think we can read from earlier information about this case mrscrutty opinionated a$$

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maryannedillard mrscrutty March 19 2014 at 7:48 PM

wow,Crutty. Parents are blameless and the local police are the ones who screwed up. Maybe if the parents weren't too cheap to hire a sitter, no one would be blaming anyone.

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hartboyd muscle3332007 March 19 2014 at 6:13 PM

holy **** I totally agree were was the info OliviaBenson and ice T could have done a better job.

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aspubrel March 20 2014 at 12:18 AM

If five young girls were assaulted while on vacation that is five sets of irresponsible parents. It shows that this practice was/is widespread. I have been in the hotel business for years and travlelled to 40 countries and I would NEVER leave a child alone in a hotel room, no matter how safe the country might be. This is rank stupidity and tragic negligence. If you can pay for a holiday you can pay for a baby sitter.

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spydrworks1067 aspubrel March 20 2014 at 4:51 AM

What makes you so sure the parents of the other five girls are irresponsible? Very true, it was stupid for Madeleine's parents to leave her alone, but that does not excuse the crime nor does it make the parents responsible for the crime. Further, it does not mean the other parents left their children alone in a hotel room.

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moonfloat March 19 2014 at 5:28 PM

I totally agree with i12cae's earlier comment regarding the possibility of hypnotizing the two young children, who may very well have subconscious information that could help. Even tho they were very young at the time, everything stays inside of us until we let it out, and am sure they do not even realize they may have suppressed memories regarding the incident. Hypnosis/regressions work wonders, and since they have tried everything else, why not give it a shot?

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Ness moonfloat March 19 2014 at 5:39 PM

I totally agree moonfloat.

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seeknpeace Ness March 19 2014 at 5:50 PM

Here's the thing. There are ramifications to the children who are hypnotized. They do nit yo under, remember, then forget and we all win. This could destroy them further and may not work. Huge risk that may not work.

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hartboyd moonfloat March 19 2014 at 6:28 PM

these other children have already been thru hell why not use hypnosis to bring closer 2 all of these families and help us all find maddie I agree w/ moonfloat go for it

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hellofromcrystal March 19 2014 at 5:35 PM

Ofcourse this is a tragedy & as a mother, I'm sorry the parents lost a child. However, anyone who has access to the news is very aware of predators and should never leave a child unattended or with the wrong person. Most abductions happen when kids are walking down the street or alone. I would never let my young child walk anywhere alone. Parents have to protect their angels from the evil that exists.

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Mary Ann March 20 2014 at 12:01 AM

i wouldn't wast time with a triel, just hang the pervert

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ghyle Mary Ann March 20 2014 at 3:11 AM

Preferably by his extremity....

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goosey2796 March 19 2014 at 6:04 PM

This is very crazy news I hope the british police find this crimal who is doing all this to little girls and put him in a jail for lots of years.

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afrahyafai goosey2796 March 19 2014 at 6:21 PM

I agree, but death penalty would be better.

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Maria Martinez goosey2796 March 19 2014 at 8:46 PM

Put him in jail? He will have all the fun he wants assaulting young, first-time inmates. and the taxpayers will pay and pay to confine him. But if he is executed, there's no chance he will ever fool the authorities into thinking he is rehabilitated, and get out where he can prey on little girls again.

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moose March 19 2014 at 11:26 PM

I've said it before many times but worth repeating. Until society (the public) joins forces and takes a Definite Stand DEMANDING these predators (along with rapists, murderes) are completely ELIMINATED, then these crimes will continue at the growing rampit rate we are witnessing. I say put these predators in one of the many Laboratory Experiments (removing all the animals). Let these labs do all their experimenting on these predators and when the labs are done with them and they survive these horrific experiments then just hang them in public. Until this problem is completely ELIMINATED, it will continue. They should never be placed in prisons at our expense only to be released on short terms recommitting same or worse crimes.

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jijjhnsn moose March 20 2014 at 7:45 AM

Count irresponsible parenting too.

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marianicole62 March 19 2014 at 11:04 PM

Right, they should have never left this child alone! But 2007? What are the odds that this child is still alive? I pray to God she is, but I doubt it.

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d1anaw marianicole62 March 19 2014 at 11:15 PM

I agree. I cannot believe that anyone would be idiotic enough to leave a 3 yr old alone in a hotel room or anywhere else for that matter and go out to dinner. How is a 3 yr old supposed to fend for herself?

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ginderat d1anaw March 19 2014 at 11:37 PM

You know her parents are BEYOND TORTURED about leaving her for that unfortunate timeframe. 'Nough said.

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sallysunbury d1anaw March 20 2014 at 6:26 AM

Her twin brother and sister, who I believe were 2 yrs. old, were also left in the room with her.

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gren6 marianicole62 March 20 2014 at 3:47 AM

If she is alive she has suffered 7 years of abuse. I can't wish for that. The parents should never have left her alone. I don't even understand why homes have master bedrooms on a different floor. Your child might have a nightmare and come looking for Mom and Dad and fall down the stairs in the dark. "Safety" is a state that we create ourselves. When is it ever safe to leave a 4 year old alone?

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DIEGOMANHATTAN March 19 2014 at 8:48 PM

Any DNA recovered from those attacks which may help locate the individual?

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Pearl March 19 2014 at 11:03 PM

So sad for the child, what hell she went through.

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