SAN MATEO -- A San Jose sex offender is accused of committing a series of Bay Area sex crimes while out on bail after a 2012 case for exposing himself to children at a Santa Clara County renaissance fair, authorities said Tuesday.
The charges in the fair case, filed prior to 70-year-old Christopher Miller's arrest 10 days ago for a spate of incidents in San Mateo, Union City and Mountain View, is part of a history of sex crimes convictions that stretched back to the 1960s. Miller was being held Tuesday in Santa Clara County jail in lieu of $2 million bail, authorities said.
Deputies arrested Miller on Oct. 14 at the Northern California Renaissance Fair at Casa de Fruta, a roadside attraction and orchard off Pacheco Pass Highway near Gilroy, for allegedly flashing at children.
A woman saw Miller, who was seated and wearing a kilt with no underwear, opening his legs when kids walked past him, Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Stuart Scott said.
The woman took photos and then called police. Miller was charged with indecent exposure and annoying a child, both felonies and was subsequently convicted on both counts in Santa Clara County Superior Court about 2½ months ago.
He was free on $100,000 bail ahead of an Oct. 4 sentencing hearing when he allegedly went on a spree that included attacking a girl in a secluded area of a San Mateo book store. Miller's attorney Adrienne Dell declined to comment on the case.
The prior cases against Miller stretch back about 50 years. He has at least six convictions in Southern California for incident exposure that are from the 1960s and 1970s, Scott said. Those cases led to him having to register as a sex offender.
Miller was next convicted in Santa Clara County in 1989 for child molestation, but no details on that case were immediately available.
No further incidents were reported until until the renaissance fair case. The most recent case occurred Sept. 7, when he's accused of groping himself while staring at two young girls at a Mountain View Walmart store.
The girls' mother told security guards, who got the plate number and passed it on to police. Miller was arrested and booked into jail. He's appeared in Santa Clara County Superior Court on the charges but has not entered a plea, Scott said.
Miller's history of sex offenses and new arrests appear to be unusual among sex offenders. A 2003 U.S. Department of Justice study showed only 5.3 percent of sex offenders are arrested again for a sex crime. The study followed 9,600 sex offenders for three years after they were released from prison.
Contact Joshua Melvin at 650-348-4335. Follow him at Twitter.com/melvinreport.