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Former Dallas Mavericks first-round pick arrested in underage sex sting in Tennessee

Former Dallas Mavericks first-round pick Jim Farmer was arrested on charges of seeking sex from minors in Tennessee.

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.

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Stefan Stevenson has been covering sports for the Star-Telegram since 1997. He spent five years covering TCU athletics, which included two BCS bowls, two trips to the college World Series and the move to the Big 12. He has covered the Texas Rangers since 2014 and started reporting on the Dallas Cowboys in 2016.