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Kentucky Judge sentenced to 20 Years in prison for human trafficking

February 13, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Kentucky Judge sentenced to 20 Years in prison for human trafficking

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Disgraced former Kentucky judge sentenced to 20 years for human trafficking

A disgraced former Kentucky judge was handed a 20-year prison sentence for his part in a long-running human trafficking ring.

Tim Nolan, 71, pleaded guilty to 21 counts of human trafficking involving women and young girls on Friday, Local News 12 reported.

As a result, Judge Kathleen Lape sentenced, to spend 20 years behind bars. She also ordered Nolan to pay a $100,000 penalty. Although the sentence could have the former judge in prison for the rest of his life, he will be eligible for parole in four years.

Nolan was elected by voters in Campbell County to serve on the school board in 2016. He was also a district court judge in the 1970s and 80s.

Nolan used threats of arrest and eviction to coerce women and under-age girls to perform sexual acts, according to the charges. On Friday, he pleaded guilty to 21 counts stemming back to 2004.

According to Cincinnati.com, Nolan pleaded guilty to the following accusation:

– He paid some victims with heroin and painkillers in exchange for sex.
– He threatened at least one victim who lived on his property eviction unless sexual acts were performed.
– He threatened some victims with arrest and told one victim that he’d contact friends in the FBI to arrest her.

If the case went to trial, Nolan could have faced up to 100 years behind bars for the 28 felony indictments against him.

“The punishment does not undo the trauma inflicted on the victims, but it brings closure and some justice,” Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear said.

Authorities did not reveal how Nolan became implicated in human trafficking. His lawyer Margo Grubbs suggested that the current shift in political climate regarding the “power differential between men and women” could be responsible for Nolan’s guilty plea.

“I’m saying the underlying facts as alleged by victims do not necessarily equate to what happened, because we all there are two sides to every story,” Grubbs told the press after Nolan was sentenced. “The sad part of it is, often the criminal defendant finds themselves at an insurmountable obstacle to prove innocence.”

“Mr. Nolan has been a public servant to Campbell County for a majority of his life, and at some point, there has to be a redemption for those who committed offenses, but that has to be balanced by what they have given,” Grubbs added.

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