Sex offender accused of exposing himself outside girl's home

September 1, 2011 3:49:03 PM PDT
Residents in a west Houston neighborhood are on edge after hearing that a registered sex offender was arrested after allegedly peeping inside a young girl's bedroom window. And now they're hearing there may actually be a second peeper on the loose.

Just as families in Briargrove thought the streets were safe, they say they got alerts by email and text message Thursday morning about a mysterious man looking into windows on Del Monte.

Police say Michael Robert Miller, 28, is the peeping tom who was caught spying on a little girl in Briargrove late last month. Neighbors say they're glad police arrested Miller this week.

"You hear about it on the news, but you never expect it to happen so close to home," said neighbor Chris Brandt.

Investigators say Miller lives in an apartment complex on Delmonte, just a few blocks away from the young victim's house.

Court documents show the little girl was preparing for bed when her parents spotted the strange man looking through her bedroom window "naked from the waist down."

Neighbors say that's disturbing.

"Yeah, it's one of the worst crimes that can happen, and it's disturbing for me," said neighbor Robert Plumb. "Just like it's disturbing for everyone out there, except for the sick man. So hopefully he can be brought to justice."

Eyewitness News learned Miller is a registered sex offender. State records show he was convicted of sexually assaulting a five-year old boy back in March 1997.

"There's lots of kids in this area, obviously which is probably one of the reasons why the registered sex offender is targeting this area," Plumb said.

Even with Miller's arrest, neighbors fear the problem with peeping toms is not over in Briargrove. Police are now investigating another incident that happened on Delmonte this week, involving a different man.

"You need to stay alert," Brandt cautioned. "Lock your doors."

For now families say neighborhood patrol officers and Houston police are beefing up security, especially at night.

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