Former Northern KY judge pleads to human trafficking charges


FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - A former Campbell County district judge, indicted on numerous charges including human trafficking, has entered a plea agreement with prosecutors.


Attorney General Andy Beshear announced on Friday that Timothy Nolan pleaded guilty to numerous felony charges, including human trafficking of adults, promoting human trafficking of minors and unlawful transaction with minors.

Nolan, 71, of California, Ky., also a former local school board member, was originally charged in a criminal complaint by the Campbell County Police Department for crimes that occurred between 2010 and 2017. That complaint alleged Nolan committed human trafficking with a minor by subjecting a child under age 18 to engaging in commercial sexual activity.

He was later indicted on 28 felony and two misdemeanor counts.

As part of the agreement, Nolan pleaded guilty to 21 counts against 19 victims and prosecutors recommended sentences totaling 20 years in prison.  He will also pay $110,000, a large portion of which will go into the Human Trafficking Victims Fund established by Kentucky lawmakers in 2013.

Nolan is subject to lifetime sex offender registration.

“The punishment in this case does not undo the trauma inflicted on the victims, but it brings closure and some justice,” Beshear said. “I want to thank the Campbell County Police Department and our special prosecutions team for working this case.” 

Beshear’s Special Prosecution Division is responsible for assisting local prosecutors in complex or sensitive cases, as well as handling cases in which local prosecutors recuse themselves.

Nolan will remain in custody at the Campbell County Detention Center pending his sentencing March 29.


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