Police in Mallorca arrest a man after a 15-year-old British holidaymaker was raped in a four-star hotel sauna
- The suspect has been described locally as a well-known Romanian pickpocket
- Is understood to have been released on bail after appearing in court on Friday
- The girl was staying at the four-star Best Delta Hotel in Llucmajor with her family
- Investigators called in on May 27 after 15-year-old told police she was raped
Police in Majorca have arrested a man over the rape of a 15-year-old British holidaymaker in a hotel sauna.
The suspect has been described locally as a well-known Romanian pickpocket.
Civil Guard officers held him on Thursday.
He is understood to have been released on bail after appearing in court on Friday.
Police in Majorca have arrested a man over the rape of a 15-year-old British holidaymaker in the sauna of the four-star Best Delta Hotel in Llucmajor (pictured)
The hearing took place in private.
The Civil Guard confirmed investigators were probing the hotel sauna, but said they could not give out any more information.
Investigators were called in on May 27 after the 15-year-old told police she was raped after entering her hotel sauna alone around 4pm.
The suspect was described at the time as a foreigner.
The girl was staying at the four-star Best Delta Hotel in Llucmajor with her family.
A spokesman for the hotel, speaking after news of the sex attack emerged, said: ‘We have assisted one of our clients after she informed us she had suffered a sexual attack in our establishment.
‘We deeply regret what has happened and from the very outset, and have focused all our attention and human and technical resources into helping the person affected and her family.
Investigators were called in on May 27 after the 15-year-old told police she was raped after entering her hotel sauna (outdoor swimming pool at the Best Delta Hotel pictured) alone around 4pm
‘As soon as we were made aware of what happened, we requested the appropriate medical response team and notified the police who arrived on scene very quickly.
‘This incident is under investigation by the Civil Guard.
‘We remain available to the authorities for whatever they need.
‘At this moment in time we cannot give out any more information as we are not authorised to do so.
‘Once again we deeply regret what has happened and reiterate our full co-operation to the victim and her family.’
Island newspaper Ultima Hora described the suspect as a ‘well-known pickpocket’ who had gone to the hotel with his wife to target holidaymakers they intended to rob.
His alleged victim is said to have recognise him from police mugshots.
The investigating judge is understood to have confiscated his passport and ordered him to sign on at court regularly as part of his bail conditions.
The local newspaper said the British teenager had told police her attacker did not have any tattoos, but the suspect told the judge during his court appearance that he had a large inking on his chest.
The hotel where the incident happened is set in a family-friendly neighbourhood with cliff top walks in Llucmajor about 20 minutes from the Majorcan capital Palma.
A British holidaymaker was injured at the same hotel in April last year after falling off a cliff while he was taking a selfie.
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