SAN MATEO -- A convicted San Jose sex offender was arrested in connection with a series of Bay Area sex crimes, including the molestation of a girl in a secluded portion of a San Mateo book store, police said Monday.
Christopher Miller, 70, was arrested Sept. 7 after he was caught allegedly touching himself while staring at two young girls in the Walmart store on Showers Drive in Mountain View. It was the third incident since the end of June, at least as far as police know, and each involved the suspect wearing a floppy fishing-style hat, San Mateo police Sgt. Dave Norris said.
Miller was booked into Santa Clara County Jail on suspicion of annoying or molesting a minor. The case will also be forwarded to Alameda and San Mateo counties for possible prosecution.
The first incident happened June 23 in San Mateo when a 10-year-old girl was lured to a quiet area of the Barnes & Noble store on West Hillsdale Boulevard, police said. The suspect allegedly exposed himself to the girl and then touched her inappropriately. Police investigated the case but made no arrest.
Then a man with a similar fishing hat and appearance exposed himself to a mother and three girls on July 25 at a Burger King restaurant on Alvarado Niles Road in Union City. Police there realized the suspect might be the same man wanted for the San Mateo crime, Norris said. Information about the two cases then went out to other police agencies.
At about 4:29 p.m. Sept. 7, a mother confronted a man as he touched himself at the Mountain View Walmart store. The mother told store security guards what happened and they got the suspect's license plate number as well as a description of him and his car. Mountain View police arrested Miller as he tried to drive away, Norris said.
Details were not immediately available about the crime that led to Miller becoming a sex registrant, but according to the Megan's Law website he has convictions for child molestation and indecent exposure. He was considered a moderate-high risk offender, according to the Megan's Law site.
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