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Campbell Co. School Board Member, Former Judge Charged with Human Trafficking

Editor's note (May 4, 2017): This story originally appeared on April 21, 2017, and indicated that Nolan had been indicted on charges. That was not correct. Nolan was merely charged on April 20, 2017, and was indicted on May 4, 2017 by a Campbell County Grand Jury on 11 various counts. RCN regrets the error.

Tim Nolan, the former Campbell Co. District Judge who currently sits on the Campbell Co. Board of Education, was charged Friday on human trafficking charges.

Nolan was arraigned in Boone County Circuit Court on Friday where Judge Elizabeth Chandler, a special Campbell District Judge, placed him on an ankle monitor and order him to have no contact with alleged victims and victims' family.

The California, Ky. resident had a warrant issued for his arrest on Thursday by Campbell County Police for alleged crimes that occurred in August, 2016. In November, 2016 he was elected to the Campbell County Board of Education.

According to the criminal complaint, obtained by The River City News, Nolan is accused of subjecting a minor under the age of 18 to "commercial sexual activity". He is also accused of inducing a minor to engage in sexual activity. Nolan is also accused of providing alcohol to a minor.

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear announced that Nolan is charged with human trafficking (a class B felony), first degree unlawful transaction with a minor (a class C felony), and third degree unlawful transaction with a minor (a class A misdemeanor). Beshear’s Special Prosecution Division is handling the case. The division is responsible for assisting local prosecutors in complex or sensitive cases, as well as, handle cases in which local prosecutors recuse themselves.

Nolan, 70, is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on May 5 at 2 p.m. in Boone County District Court.

Nolan is the father of Campbell County Circuit Court Clerk Taunya Nolan Jack, which is why the case is being handled in Boone County.

He is an outspoken and controversial figure in local politics. Last year he sued the creator of GOPfacts.org, which took aim at Nolan and others, and specifically referred to Nolan as a vehement racist and posted a photo that purported to be of Nolan in a Ku Klux Klan robe.

Campbell County Schools released a statement on Friday afternoon: "We are immensely troubled and saddened to hear of the arrest of Mr. Nolan and grieve as a district for those impacted. Campbell County Schools' leadership is currently monitoring this situation and working to determine next steps. We ask the community for your continued confidence in our commitment to each and every child as we work to provide them with the highest quality education in a safe and secure setting. Our mission calls us to do 'Whatever It Takes' to ensure high student achievement and success in college, career, and life. We will continue with this mission, regardless of any obstacles placed before us."

This story will be updated when more information is known.

Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher