Former teacher, Thunder PA announcer pleads guilty to child molestation charges

BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Staff Writer mmcnutt@opubco.com Modified: August 27, 2013 at 5:34 am •  Published: August 26, 2013
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A former public address announcer for the Oklahoma City Thunder who also taught and coached at Harrah Public Schools was sentenced Monday to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty to 10 charges dealing with lewd molestation and sexual abuse involving children.

James “Jim” Alan Miller also was ordered to be placed on nine years probation after completing his prison sentence.

Miller pleaded guilty to six charges from Pontotoc County and two charges each from Garvin and Oklahoma counties.

Miller was the Thunder's PA announcer since the NBA franchise relocated from Seattle in 2008. He was removed from his duties in May 2012 after he was arrested on complaints of lewd acts with a child.

Miller is a former teacher and tennis coach at Harrah High School. He was placed on administrative leave from the school last year.

Miller, 44, had been scheduled to plead guilty to the Oklahoma County charges Oct. 4, but in a plea deal with prosecutors a change of venue was granted to Garvin County so that all the counts could be taken up in one hearing.

“It doesn't happen frequently, but it's not unheard of to transfer a criminal case to another county and handle them all together,” Oklahoma County First Assistant District Attorney Scott Rowland said.

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