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Former Campbell Judge Gets 20 Years for Human Trafficking

Former Campbell District Judge Timothy Nolan was sentenced to twenty years in prison on Friday.

Judge Kathleen Lape, a Kenton Circuit Court judge who presided over the case in Campbell County, denied Nolan's request to withdraw his guilty plea, which he attempted at his previous court appearance, during which he also fired his attorney.

He was charged with multiple counts related to human trafficking.

Attorney General Andy Beshear’s Special Prosecutions Division accepted a guilty plea from Nolan Feb. 9 on 21 counts, including human trafficking of adults, promoting human trafficking of minors, and unlawful transaction with minors, against 19 victims. At that time, prosecutors recommended sentences totaling 20 years in prison.

Nolan will be eligible for parole in four years.

As part of his plea agreement, Nolan will pay $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.

Nolan paid $10,000 to the victims fund and $40,000 in asset forfeiture today. He is to pay an additional $60,000 in asset forfeiture.

Nolan, 71, of California, Ky., a former Campbell Co. school board member, was originally charged in a criminal complaint by the Campbell County Police Department for crimes that occurred between 2010 and 2017. That complaint alleged that Nolan committed human trafficking with a minor by subjecting a child under age 18 to engaging in commercial sexual activity.

He was later indicted on 28 felony counts and two misdemeanor counts.    

“The punishment in this case does not undo the trauma inflicted on the victims, but it brings closure and some justice,” Beshear said. “I want to thank the Campbell County Police Department and our special prosecutions team for working this case.” 

Nolan is subject to lifetime sex offender registration.

A core mission of Beshear’s is to bring justice to victims of rape, sexual assault and human trafficking.

-Staff report