Ex-Campbell County judge indicted on charges of human trafficking, rape

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- A Campbell County grand jury indicted a former judge last week on 11 charges related to human trafficking, rape and sex with minors.

Timothy Nolan is facing one count of human trafficking, one count of first-degree rape, five counts of human trafficking, one count of second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor in the second degree, one count of tampering with a witness, one count of third-degree unlawful transaction with a minor and prostitution, according to the indictment, which was released Wednesday.

He pleaded "not guilty" to the charges.

"I cannot make any statements -- I'd love to -- other than I can tell you that we have a great Constitution and I have a great attorney who will vigorously defend this," Nolan said. 

Nolan is accused of:

  • trafficking one under-18 victim for commercial sexual activity in August 2016,
  • trafficking five different adults for commercial sexual activity "through the use of force, fraud or coercion" at various dates between 2007 and 2017,
  • raping someone by having sex with them "by forcible compulsion" in October 2016,
  • being involved in a minor's use of marijuana in October 2016,
  • attempting to get a witness to not testify "in an official proceeding" or making a false statement,
  • giving alcohol to a minor between July and September 2016 and
  • offering "to engage in sexual conduct" for a fee between August and October 2016.

There may be nine victims altogether, according to court records.

If found guilty of all the charges, Nolan could face decades in prison. 

Nolan, 70, was previously a Campbell County district judge, member of the Campbell County Board of Education and Newport city solicitor. He was also appointed, briefly, to the Kentucky Boxing and Wrestling Commission by Gov. Matt Bevin. Nolan resigned from the school board last week, according to an announcement from the district.

Campbell County police said that more people came forward accusing Nolan of crimes after he was first charged with human trafficking.

Following Nolan's initial charge, Judge Elizabeth Chandler ordered him to wear an ankle monitor and to have not contact with the victims and family.

Judge Kathleen Lape said she believed Nolan could be a flight risk because of the amount of time he's facing behind bars. She set Nolan's bond at $50,000 cash Wednesday.

"To be quite honest with you, anybody else who appeared before me with these charges against them would have a cash bond on them," Lape said.

Nolan's attorney, Margo Grubb, said Nolan had been "wrongfully charged."

"That's exactly what we're going to prove," Grubb said.

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