Ex-Campbell County judge charged with human trafficking of minor

Ex-judge charged with human trafficking
Posted at 4:17 PM, Apr 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-22 00:36:00-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- A former Campbell County district judge has been charged with human trafficking, Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear announced.

Timothy Nolan, 70, of California, Kentucky, was arraigned in Boone County District Court Friday for crimes he's accused of committing in August of 2016, according to Beshear.

Nolan "knowingly induced, assisted or caused" the under-18 victim to "engage in illegal sexual activity" and he gave alcohol to the minor, according to court records.

"It’s not what we expected from somebody like that, (someone who's) known in the community and everything," said Jeryl Smith of Grants Lick, Kentucky. "You're thinking, 'Is this real, is this for sure? Did this really happen?' Then when you find he really has been charged. I'm kind of nauseated about it. It’s sickening."

Judge Elizabeth Chandler ordered Nolan to wear an ankle monitor and to have not contact with the victims and family.

Nolan is also a member of the Campbell County Board of Education and a former Newport city solicitor.

Campbell County Schools released a written statement Friday afternoon saying they were "immensely troubled and saddened to hear of the arrest of Mr. Nolan and grieve as a district for those impacted."

District officials are "working to determine appropriate next steps," according to the statement. 

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for May 5.