A sex offender with five felony child molestation convictions faces a third strike and lifetime imprisonment for failing to register after moving to Montara.

Chester Lee Miller, 59, pleaded no contest to felony failure to register and admitted all five prior convictions. The plea was offered without promise of any reduced term but prosecutors and the court agreed to consider not counting some of the strikes during the Aug. 17 sentencing.

Miller’s failure to register was uncovered after a May 2009 traffic stop by Half Moon Bay police. Miller has five prior convictions involving five young females for which he spent two terms in prison — one for three years and another for a decade.

Miller had moved to New Mexico then back to California but had not registered since 2003, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Miller remains in custody in lieu of $500,000 bail.

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