Former Kentucky Judge and Trump campaign chair Tim Nolan has plead guilty to human trafficking, some of which involved girls under the age of 18.
According to Cincinnati.com, Judge Kathleen Lape read the charges to the court, explaining that the former judge would corner his victims, women and sometimes underaged girls, by using threats of arrest, threats of being evicted, and drugs, forcing them to perform sex acts.
Nolan’s guilty plea applies to 21 counts against him that date back to 2004. On top of his human trafficking and attempted human trafficking charges, Nolan was also charged for giving alcohol and drugs to minor children.
Nolan, under the plea agreement, will now be forced to pay a $100,000 fine and serve 20 years in prison. According to Nolan’s attorney, he should be eligible for parole in four years.
Nolan, who served as a district judge and was a well-known political figure in his region will be sentenced on March 29. The former judge even campaigned for Donald Trump during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. A vocal Tea Party member, Nolan also served on the 2016 Campbell County School Board.
Seventy-one year old Timothy Nolan kept a calm face in the courtroom, which was bare of family and contained mostly media members. Nolan, after giving his guilty plea, thanked the judge, his attorneys and the doctor involved in his case. He said the doctor was the one “who made me realize things.”
‘Thank you, judge, for your tolerance in this case.’
It took the judge 10 minutes to read the counts against Nolan, to each of which Nolan plead guilty. The counts included brief descriptions of what Nolan was alleged to have done to the women and minors in question. Some revelations involved him asking minors if he could give them back rubs.
Among the charges it was revealed that Nolan gave some of his victims painkillers and even heroin in exchange for sex acts. One victim, that lived on property he owns in Campbell County, was told that she would be evicted if she didn’t perform sex acts. Nolan also threatened these women and girls with being arrested, going so far as to tell one victim that he would call the F.B.I., where he had friends.
In a statement made by Attorney General Andy Beshear, he said:
‘The punishment in this case does not undo the trauma inflicted on the victims, but it brings close and some justice. I want to thank the Campbell County Police Department and our special prosecutions team for working this case.’
Margo Grubbs, Nolan’s attorney, said in a courtroom interview Friday:
‘He took full personal responsibility for these acts that in his potential day and generation would not necessarily be considered to rise to the level of human trafficking.’
Clearly, his attorney tried her best to frame Nolan’s crimes as something his “generation” would think was okay, like threatening minors and plying them with drugs.
Below are some of the top responses from Twitter users to Nolan’s guilty plea:
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