Police arrested former Campbell County District Judge Tim Nolan on charges of human trafficking and unlawful transaction with a minor, according to court documents and a release from Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear.
Nolan, 70, who has been outspoken in conservative politics and the tea party movement in recent years, was elected to the Campbell County School Board in November. He was also the chairman of President Donald Trump’s campaign in Campbell County.
Court documents don’t give much detail about the incident or incidents that led to the charges.
Authorities allege in the criminal complaint Nolan in August 2016 induced a minor into illegal sexual activity and gave alcohol to the minor. It doesn’t say how old the victim was.
The arrest has some veteran lawyers and judges scratching their heads. Nolan served as a district judge in Campbell County in the 1970s and 1980s. Retired family court judge Mickey Foellger at the time worked as an attorney in the Campbell County attorney’s office. Nolan had a reputation as being a strict judge that “leaned to the tougher” side of sentencing, Foellger said.
“I can’t imagine what he did,” Foellger said. “I don’t want to speculate. It’s mind-boggling that he would be with an underage girl.”