PAULS VALLEY — 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.
Miller received a 10-year prison sentence and 20 years probation on the Oklahoma County charges; a 10-year prison sentence and 15 years probation on the Pontotoc County charges; and an 11-year prison and nine years probation on the six Garvin County charges, his attorney, Mack Martin, said.
All of the sentences will be served at the same time.
“The controlling case will be the 11-year case,” Martin said.
The charges deal with lewd acts with a child and child sexual abuse, Martin said.
The charges from Oklahoma County were based on allegations involving a young relative, Martin said. The other charges involved allegations from other relatives that occurred nearly 15 years ago, he said.
Miller is in the Garvin County jail awaiting transfer to the state Corrections Department.
“We have worked long and hard to try to reach a resolution and put everything together and we finally got it done,” Martin said. “Mr. Miller is trying to put his life back together.”