An Austin developer at the forefront of a project to revamp the Backyard in Bee Cave was arrested on Tuesday morning and charged with indecency with a child by exposure.
Austin police have accused Chris Milam of showing his genitals to a young girl on two occasions in 2017, according to an arrest affidavit.
Milam, 56, told the American-Statesman on Tuesday that the charges are false and a result of a domestic dispute.
“I was an easy target. It’s just something else to deal with,” he said. “I didn’t do it. It’s utterly ridiculous. I have five kids, two grandkids, I’m not a weirdo at all. I’m caught between two people fighting over their daughter.”
Milam made bail and has been released, according to officials at the Travis County Jail.
The affidavit filed on Feb. 15 said the child told forensic investigators that Milam exposed himself to her while wearing a robe, and asked if she wanted to touch his privates on one occasion.
Indecency with a child by exposure is a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.
Milam’s effort to develop the massive Backyard project, which was to include a hotel and office space surrounding an outdoor concert venue off of Bee Cave Parkway, stalled out because of a lack of road access to Texas 71.
Milam’s Backyard Partners LLC filed a $50 million lawsuit in Travis County District Court last month against the city of Bee Cave, as well as Mayor Pro Tem Bill Goodwin and council members Monty Parker and Kara King. The suit alleged that the council members harbored a “targeted agenda” against the development.