Ex-Campbell County judge pleads guilty to sex crimes

NEWPORT, Ky. -- A former Campbell County judge pleaded guilty Friday to numerous crimes, including human trafficking. 

Timothy Nolan, 71, forced 19 victims into performing sex acts. In many cases, Nolan paid the victims. He threatened at least one victim that he'd get her in trouble with her parole officer if she didn't comply. Some of the victims were underage at the time. 

Nolan is a former Campbell County judge, Campbell County Board of Education member and Newport city solicitor. He was a school board member at the time charges were initially filed but resigned shortly after.

The ex-judge faced 30 charges as more victims came forward after he was first charged last April. Nolan pleaded guilty to 21 counts as part of a plea deal. He is due to be sentenced next month. Prosecutors have recommended a 20-year sentence. 

Nolan will also be registered as a sex offender for the rest of his life as part of the plea agreement. He will also pay $110,000, a large portion of which will go to the state Human Trafficking Victims Fund, according to Attorney General Andy Beshear. 

"The punishment in this case does not undo the trauma inflicted on the victims, but it brings closure and some justice," Beshear said in a news release.

Nolan will remain locked up in the Campbell County Detention Center pending his sentencing.

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