Former Alabama basketball star indicted in Tennessee on new sex-trafficking charges


Basketball legend Jim Farmer arrested in sex trafficking bust (Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)

By Jack Helean, WBMA Staff

Ex-University of Alabama basketball star and former NBA player Jim Farmer was indicted by a Tennessee grand jury on new sex trafficking-related charges, two months after a judge dismissed a human trafficking case against him.

Court records show that Farmer was arrested on Friday, January 10th and released the same day on a $100,000 bond.

Farmer, 55, was charged with three counts of Solicitation of a Minor / Sexual Activity Involving a Minor, one count of Patronizing a Prostitute, and Attempted Trafficking for Sexual Servitude.

Farmer was previously arrested in October after an undercover human trafficking investigation, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

According to investigators, police placed several decoy advertisements on websites known to be linked to commercial sex in order to find individuals seeking sex with minors. Authorities arrested 16 men, including Farmer.

In a hearing for Farmer’s initial charges a judge reviewed of all audio and video evidence and ultimately dismissed the charges.

Farmer played University of Alabama basketball under Wimp Sanderson from 1983 to 1987 before he was the first-round draft pick of the Dallas Mavericks.

Farmer is a native of Dothan, Alabama.

The Dothan Eagle reported that Farmer will plead not guilty to the new charges.