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Sex offender pleads not guilty to molesting child in bookstore
January 18, 2014, 05:00 AM By Michelle Durand Daily Journal

Christopher Miller

A 71-year-old registered sex offender who allegedly molested a 10-year-old girl in an isolated area of a San Mateo bookstore in June and was later arrested in Mountain View for similar behavior pleaded not guilty to the local case.

Christopher Wendell Miller, of San Jose, is charged with kidnapping and child molestation in the alleged June 23 incident at Barnes & Noble on Hillsdale Boulevard. Bail was set at $25,000 and he remains in custody.

Prosecutors say on June 23, a man later identified as Miller approached the girl in the San Mateo store’s children’s reading area and exposed himself. He also allegedly ordered the girl to touch his genitals and lured her to a secluded area past the store bathrooms where he exposed himself again and touched her groin over her clothing. The suspect then asked the girl for her name, address and when she was alone at home, prosecutors said.

The man remained at large until identified through photographs and video circulated by police and arrested in Mountain View for fondling himself in front of two young girls at a Walmart store. The mother yelled at the man and alerted store employees who followed him to his car and wrote down the license plate for police who arrested him Sept. 7.

Miller, who was already a sex offender registrant, was convicted in Santa Clara County in November 2014 for felony indecent exposure and child annoyance. He received four years prison.

He is also suspected in a Union City incident at a Burger King. Like Miller, the suspect wore a fisherman-style hat.

Miller did not waive his right to a speedy trial and returns to court Jan. 29 for a preliminary hearing.

michelle@smdailyjournal.com

(650) 344-5200 ext. 102

 

 

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