Mountain View Voice

News - September 20, 2013

MV sex crime suspect linked to multiple cases

by Nick Veronin

The San Jose man arrested earlier this month for allegedly sexually harassing a pair of young girls at Walmart is now suspected of being the perpetrator in two other sex crimes against children.

Christopher Miller, a 70-year-old convicted sex offender, was booked into county jail on Sept. 7 after he allegedly groped himself while staring down two girls, ages 6 and 9, in the costume aisle of the Walmart located at 600 Showers Dr. in Mountain View, according to Sgt. Sean Thompson, public information officer for the Mountain View Police Department.

The mother of the two girls told a store security officer, who followed the man to the parking lot, and relayed a description of his vehicle to police. Officers arrested Miller in the parking lot of the adjacent Kohl's department store, Thompson said.

Authorities now believe Miller sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl in a Barnes & Noble store in San Mateo on July 23 and exposed himself to three young girls at a Burger King restaurant in Union City on July 25, according to a joint press release issued by the police departments of Mountain View, San Mateo and Union City.

San Mateo police have positively identified Miller as the suspect in the Barnes & Noble assault, according to Sgt. David Norris, public information officer for the SMPD. A press release issued at the time of the San Mateo assault reported that the 10-year-old girl was reading with her family at the Barnes & Noble located at 11 W. Hillsdale Blvd. when a man approached her and led her to a secluded area of the store. He then "exposed himself to the victim and had inappropriate physical contact with her."

Store surveillance video was used to identify Miller as the suspect in the case. Charges are pending, according to the joint release.

Union City authorities also suspect Miller in the Burger King incident. The UCPD's public information officer could not be reached for comment, but the joint release noted that the investigation has been forwarded to the Alameda County District Attorney's Office for charges.

The joint release also emphasized that there may be unreported incidents involving Miller. People with information about similar incidents are encouraged to call their local law enforcement agency, the release stated.

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