Farmer, 55, was one of 16 men arrested on human trafficking charges during a sting by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. The agency reported that the men were arrested during a two-day sting operation on Oct. 24-25.
The arrest affidavit says Farmer, of Franklin, Tenn., responded to an adult escort advertisement on Oct. 25 with the intent to meet a juvenile for sex. An undercover officer identified herself as a 16-year-old girl and Farmer agreed to pay $170 for sex.
He was released Tuesday on $75,000 bond.
Farmer was the Mavericks’ first-round pick (20th overall) out of Alabama in 1987. He played in 30 games for the Mavs and 136 with five teams in the NBA.