Former OKC Thunder Announcer Sentenced for Sex Crimes

Last spring, as the Oklahoma City Thunder competed in the NBA playoffs, the team's public address announcer, James Allan "Jim" Miller was arrested and charged with lewd acts with a minor. Within a month, two other victims came forward and said that Miller, a Harrah high school teacher and coach, also molested them when they were younger than 16. The Thunder immediately severed its relationship with the announcer, Harrah Public Schools placed Miller on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. As a result of the investigation, Miller was charged with sex crimes in three counties. He was charged with six counts in Pontotoc County, two counts in Garvin County, and two counts in Oklahoma County. The investigation began after a male relative under the age of 16 accused Miller of watching pornography and performing lewd acts in his presence. After the boy came forward, two young women reported that Miller had also subjected them to pornography and that he eventually sexually abused them. Initially, Miller told authorities that he had a problem with internet pornography, and that his accusers accidentally walked in on him occasionally while he was viewing pornography and masturbating. He said he did not want the boy to think anything was wrong or shameful about masturbation, so he continued even after the boy walked in. However, this week Miller pleaded guilty to multiple felony counts including lewd acts and child sexual abuse in Garvin County Court after a special plea agreement that changed the venue so that all cases could be heard in one court, rather than three courts. After his plea, Miller was sentenced to a total of 31 years in prison, but because the sentences will be served concurrently, only the longest sentence prevails. For the Oklahoma County charges, Miller was sentenced to 10 years in prison followed by 20 years  probation. For the Pontotoc County charges, he was sentenced to 10 year of prison followed by 15 years probation. For the Garvin County charges, considered the controlling case, he was sentenced to 11 years in prison followed by 9 years probation. Lewd acts with a minor is a Level 3 sex offense, which means Miller will be required to register as a sex offender every 90 days for the rest of his life. He will face stringent restrictions on where he may live and places he may freely go. Lewd or indecent proposals or acts to a child under 16 (21 O.S. § 1123) is punishable by 3 to 20 years in prison, unless the victim is under the age of 12. In that case, it is punishable by a minimum of 25 years in prison.

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