Ex-Campbell County judge Timothy Nolan asks to withdraw guilty plea on sex charges

Posted at 9:36 AM, Mar 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-29 19:22:04-04

NEWPORT, Ky. -- A former Campbell County Judge, who was expected to be sentenced Thursday on human trafficking charges, is now asking to withdraw his guilty plea. 

A judge was expected to sentence Timothy Nolan, 71, after Nolan had pleaded guilty to 21 counts as part of a plea deal in February. Prosecutors recommended a 20-year sentence. 

Nolan now wants to withdraw his guilty plea due to what he says is some type of conflict of interest regarding his attorneys.

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 fired his attorneys Thursday, and a public defender is currently representing him. 

Nolan is accused of forcing 19 victims into performing sex acts. He's also accused of threatening 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. 

In addition to firing his attorneys, Nolan asked Judge Kathy Lape to recuse herself, but Lape denied his request. Nolan also requested that he serve as co-counsel in his case.

Lape scheduled a hearing for 10 a.m. May 4. 

WCPO will update this developing story.