A Chattanooga man was sentenced to serve 17.5 years in federal prison for sex trafficking children. 

John H. Farmer, 39, is also ordered to complete a 500 hour mental health program. He will be on supervised probation for five years, upon his release from prison. 

Farmer pleaded guilty to one count of a five-count indictment charging offenses related to sex trafficking of children, in May of 2015. 

He admitted to directing a minor and adult co-defendant to meet a client at a Chattanooga hotel with the expectation that both females would engage in a commercial sex act. However, the client turned out to be an undercover officer, and the encounter resulted in Farmer's arrest and prosecution. Upon his arrest, officer recovered a second minor with Farmer.Farmer's co-defendant is scheduled for sentencing in March of 2016. 

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Homeland Security Investigations; and Chattanooga Police Department. Assistant U.S Attorney Jay Woods represented the United States.