|Christian Brueckner (pictured) was seen with a blond man the night he was arrested for allegedly exposing himself to children in a park in 2017|
The prime suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann 'had an accomplice' during an alleged child sex crime in Portugal, according to witnesses.
Christian Brueckner was seen with a blond man the night he was arrested for allegedly exposing himself to four children, aged eight to 12, in a park in 2017.
The German, 43, had been spotted ahead of the incident with a male companion of similar height as they attended a festival in the village of Messines, according to police sources.
The pair then went to the children's play area where Brueckner is said to have hidden under a slide with his trousers round his knees.
An off-duty female police woman is thought to have challenged him before trying to keep the situation under control as four parents tried to rush toward him.
A source said: 'She called for back-up. Witnesses said a second man fled the scene.'
But the alleged incident never made it to trial and was archived.
It is thought that the descriptions of Brueckner and his companion are similar to those involved in Madeline's disappearance in 2007.
Witnesses outside the McCann's rental apartment in Praia da Luz had reported seeing two blond men in the area hours before the three-year-old was abducted.
One is said to have had blue eyes, like Brueckner, while the other had green eyes.
Brueckner was declared as the prime suspect in the Madeline case in June.
He is currently in Germany's Kiel prison for drugs offences and is due to start a seven-year sentence for the rape of an elderly American woman in Praia da Luz in 2005.
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