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NKY Attorney Arrested on Rape, Human Trafficking Charges - with Nolan Connection

A Northern Kentucky attorney was arrested Friday after being indicted this week on charges related to numerous sex crimes, including rape and human trafficking.

Robert L. Poole, 50, of Burlington was taken into custody by Erlanger Police.

He was indicted on fifteen charges Thursday, Attorney General Andy Beshear announced.

According to Beshear's office, Erlanger Police began to investigate Poole after Campbell County Police turned over information discovered during the investigation of former Campbell District Judge and Campbell County board of education member Tim Nolan.

The charges against Poole includes two counts of human trafficking of a minor for commercial sexual activity, one count of unlawful transaction with a minor under 16 for illegal sexual activity, two counts of unlawful transaction with a minor under 18 for illegal sexual activity, three counts of human trafficking of an adult for commercial sexual activity, five counts of complicity to human trafficking of an adult for commercial sexual activity, one count of third-degree rape, and one count of bribing a witness.

Poole is in the Kenton County Detention Center where he is being held on $100,000 bond.

Prosecutors from Beshear’s Special Prosecutions Division is handling the case against Poole in Kenton Circuit Court.

Beshear's office did not issue further comment about the case. As an attorney, Poole branded himself as an "accident lawyer" with a website that boasts of six and seven-figure payouts for victims of a truck accident, dog bite case, product liability, and medical malpractice.

Poole's website lists office locations in Erlanger, Cincinnati, Louisville, and Lexington. His connection to Tim Nolan is not clear.

Nolan, 71, was sentenced earlier this year after pleading guilty on 21 counts, including human trafficking of adults, promoting human trafficking of minors, and unlawful transaction with minors, against nineteen victims.

As part of his plea agreement, Nolan paid $110,000 in asset forfeiture and to the Human Trafficking Victims Fund – within the executive branch’s Justice and Public Safety Cabinet – which was established in 2013.

Poole is scheduled for arraignment at 1:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 26 in Kenton Circuit Court.

-Michael Monks, editor & publisher

Photo: Robert Poole (via Kenton County Detention Center)