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Sex offender to trial for bookstore molestation
April 24, 2014, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

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 later arrested in Mountain View for similar behavior will stand trial in the county case.

The defense presented no evidence in Wednesday’s preliminary hearing and Judge Marta Diaz held Christopher Wendell Miller, of San Jose, to answer on charges of the kidnapping and child molestation in the alleged June 23, 2013, incident at Barnes & Noble on Hillsdale Boulevard.

He enters a Superior Court plea and potentially sets a jury trial date May 8.

Prosecutors say on the day in question 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 restrooms 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, 2013.

Miller, who was already a sex offender registrant, was convicted in Santa Clara County of felony indecent exposure and child annoyance and sentenced to 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 remains in custody without bail.



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