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Former NBA player arrested on Tennessee sex crime charges

Like many aspiring entertainers before him, Jim Farmer moved to Tennessee in hopes of launching a country music career. In Farmer’s case, he tried Nashville after spending several seasons in the NBA in the late 1980s and early ‘90s.

The former University of Alabama basketball standout was recently arrested and charged by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation with Trafficking a Person for a Commercial Sex Act.

According to news reports, Farmer, 55, was among 16 men who responded to an adult escort ad late last month. He allegedly spoke to a female undercover officer who identified herself as a 16-year-old.

The arrest affidavit states that in the course of the sting operation, Farmer agreed to pay the “girl” $170 for sex. He then agreed to meet her at a predetermined location. When he arrived, TBI agents placed him under arrest and filed the Class B felony charge against him.

Farmer played six seasons in the NBA. After stints with Denver, Dallas, Utah, Seattle and Philadelphia, his career came to an end in 1994. A few years later, he moved to the Nashville area and recorded a country album titled “Baby Come On.”

Farmer and another man, also 55, were the two oldest of the men arrested. A 23-year-old Missouri man is the youngest.

The following shows how felony crimes and their maximum sentences are classified in Tennessee:

  • Class A: Not more than 60 years in prison and up to a $50,000 fine
  • Class B: Not more than 30 years in prison and up to a $25,000 fine
  • Class C: Not more than 15 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine
  • Class D: Not more than 12 years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine
  • Class E: Not more than six years in prison and up to a $3,000 fine

A representative for Farmer declined to comment on the charges.

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