Suspected paedophile arrested for molesting six-year-old cousin in Portimão

A 44-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly molesting his six-year-old cousin in Portimão.

According to PJ criminal police, the man is believed to have forced the boy to “watch pornographic films” before “sexually abusing” him on the night between June 24 and 25.

The crime reportedly happened at a time when the two were alone in the child’s grandmother’s house, where his mother “often left him when she was working”.

The child later “complained that he was in pain” when his grandmother was giving him a bath, and told her what had happened.

He was taken to Portimão Hospital to undergo exams which “confirmed that the boy had been subject to sexual abuse”.

“The boy received hospital assistance and his life is not at risk,” Faro’s department of investigation and legal action (DIAP) said.

National tabloid Correio da Manhã adds that the suspect – “of African origin” – works as a bricklayer.

He is being held in custody while awaiting trial.

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