POLICE in Spain have arrested a British fugitive accused of repeatedly raping his under-age stepsisters.
Detectives say he faces life in prison in the UK after allegedly forcing himself on the youngsters up to 18 times.
One of the girls aborted a child conceived during one of the sex attacks and her younger sister gave birth to a son, Spanish police said as they went public with the arrest.
The unnamed suspect, who now faces extradition to Britain, was held in Jacarilla near the Costa Blanca city of Alicante.
Investigators said his dad covered up his alleged crimes — which began in the seventies when he was 16 and his older stepsister was just 12 — and encouraged him to flee Britain for Spain.
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The two sisters reported their stepbrother to the authorities after the father died.
A spokesman for Spain’s National Police said: “Spanish National Police officers have arrested a British fugitive in the province of Alicante on foot of a European Arrest Warrant for crimes of sexual exploitation and rape.
“He faces possible life in prison in the UK.
“He is accused of raping his two under-age stepsisters up to 18 times.
“As a result of the alleged sex attacks, one of the women who accused him of raping them gave birth to a child.”
He added: “The suspect, who had just turned 16, allegedly began to sexually assault his younger sister who was just 12 at the time.
“This continued regularly over three years and the girl ended up falling pregnant and having an abortion.
“When she was 15 she fled the family home to go to live with a grandmother.
“Once she was out of his reach, the suspect allegedly began to target his other stepsister, targeting her two or three times a week till she was 18.
“She fell pregnant and ended up giving birth to the child.
“The arrested man’s father covered up his alleged crimes for years and advised him to flee the UK for Spain.
“The alleged victims reported the rapes when the dad died.”
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