Ex-Judge Gets 20 Years in Prison for Human Trafficking


Former judge in Kentucky received a sentence of 20 years in prison for his role in a long-running human trafficking operation. The judge pleaded guilty to 21 counts of trafficking women and young girls in the sex trade industry.

Judge Kathleen Lape sentenced 71-year-old Tim Nolan to spend 20 years in state prison on Friday. She also ordered Nolan to pay a $100,000 fine. Voters in Campbell County elected Nolan to serve on the school board in 2016. He served as a district court judge in the 1970s and 80s.

Nolan used threats of arrest and eviction to force women and under-age girls to perform sex acts, the charges stated. According to a report read by Judge Kathleen Lape, Nolan paid some victims with heroin and painkillers in exchange for sex and threatened at least one victim, who lived on his property in southern Campbell County, with eviction unless she performed sex acts on him. Additionally Nolan told some of his victims — some under the age of 18 — that he would turn them into to the FBI if they didn’t comply with his demands.On Friday, he pleaded guilty to 21 counts for activities dating back to 2004.

Cincinnati.com reported that Nolan pleaded guilty to the following:

  • Nolan paid some victims with heroin and painkillers in exchange for sex.
  • At least one victim lived on his property in southern Campbell County. He threatened eviction unless sex acts were performed.
  • He threatened some victims with arrest, including telling one victim he’d call friends in the FBI and other law enforcement to arrest her.