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    Wow. This is starting to sound like an episode of Law and Order: SVU...one that I've actually seen! I believe the crooked judge's name in that one was Judge Dolan!
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    It's interesting the Eric Deters said "what I know the facts to be, he's being WAY over-charged".

    If you're over-charging someone, time passes, facts are investigated, and then the charges are dropped or lessened. Instead in this case, they are adding charges.

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    This is a tangent, but I don't exactly call Carroll Co "out of the area".

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockmom View Post
    This is a tangent, but I don't exactly call Carroll Co "out of the area".
    I learned the hard way that if it isn't Boone, Kenton or Campbell, it is (according to the NKY people) out of area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by True blue (and gold) View Post
    I learned the hard way that if it isn't Boone, Kenton or Campbell, it is (according to the NKY people) out of area.
    Truth, lived through this my whole life.

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    9 victims alleged in sex charges against Tim Nolan

    A human trafficking and rape case against a former Northern Kentucky judge grew more bizarre at a tense arraignment and bond hearing Wednesday in Kenton County.

    It started normally.

    Tim Nolan pleaded not guilty to an 11-count indictment that included rape, witness tampering, human trafficking of a minor, human trafficking of five adults, unlawful transaction of a minor and prostitution.

    But then his attorney Margo Grubbs made impassioned arguments and accusations that prompted Kenton County Circuit Court Judge Kathleen Lape to remark that this was a bond hearing and “not a comment on the justice system.”

    Among the things revealed:

    Grubbs said they believe one of the grandmothers of the victim is a tenant on Nolan’s sprawling farm in southern Campbell County and pays rent to him.
    There are nine alleged victims covered in the indictment, according to prosecutor and Assistant Attorney General Barbara Whaley.
    Grubbs argued the bail was too high, accused police of not interviewing all the witnesses and said someone, they believe mother of one of the victims, has tried to contact Nolan to see if he’s all right. She also revealed she believes that the accusations against Nolan are connected to a lawsuit.

    She confirmed to the press after the hearing the lawsuit she referred to was the defamation suit Nolan filed against some Republicans behind GOPFacts.org.

    It's another bizarre wrinkle in what has become a convoluted case that has shocked Northern Kentucky.

    Nolan, dressed in a gray suit, sat calmly in court as his attorney unfurled arguments why she thinks authorities violated his rights. The Campbell County police went into his rural farmland “with guns ablazing” when they searched his property in February, Grubbs said in court.

    Nolan could face more than 100 years in prison if convicted on all counts. He’s maintained his innocence. After the hearing, he tried to talk to the press as his attorney desperately tried to pull him toward the courtroom elevators.

    “This is my attorney and my attorney tells me I cannot make any statements,” Nolan said. “I’d love to other than I can tell you we have a great Constitution and I have a great attorney and we will vigorously defend this.”

    Many in Northern Kentucky have known Nolan from his years as a district judge in Campbell County in the 1970s and 1980s and his involvement in politics, particularly with the tea party movement. He became a fixture at Campbell County Fiscal Court meetings challenging many decision, sometimes filing suit. He was elected in November to the Campbell County school board but resigned last week when a grand jury indicted him.

    Few details have emerged about the case other than it involves a minor on some of the counts. The indictment alleges Nolan, 70, tried to induce a possible witness identified only as "M.R." to either not testify or change his or her testimony. The charges involve at least eight other victims, special prosecutor Barbara Whaley said in court. But at least one is a minor age 16, according to Grubbs.

    Nolan testified before the grand jury that indicted him last week. It didn’t seem to help him. The grand jury had asked for $750,000 bond when it indicted him. That’s very unusual, the judge said.

    “I’m curious what they heard in the grand jury,” Lape said. “It's kind of an extraordinary bond. The reality is, we don’t see bonds like that this side of the river.”

    Based on the seriousness of the charges, Lape on Wednesday set the bond at $50,000 cash, $100,000 property. He is also to be monitored with an ankle bracelet, have no direct contact with the victims and no contact with Transitions' Women’s Residential Addiction Program in Covington.

    “He’s facing a lot of jail time,” Lape said. “That makes him a flight risk or a disappearing risk.”

    Grubbs said her client would post bond by the end of the day.

    Making it more bizarre, a woman, identified by Grubbs as the mother of who they believe is one of the alleged victims, was in the gallery sitting on the side of the defendant. Grubbs said they can’t be sure since the indictment only identifies the victims and witnesses by initials.

    Grubbs claimed police didn’t interview her and other witnesses. The woman nodded her head in agreement but refused to speak to media after the hearing. Grubbs said the woman has tried to make contact with Nolan but can’t because of a court order prohibiting Nolan to have any contact with victims.

    “It’s not fair that this woman is contacting my client,” Grubbs said.

    “She wants to have a conversation with him and cares about him, and here we are, he’s prohibited from having contact.”

    Campbell County Police Chief Craig Sorrell shook his head at times during Grubbs’ arguments. He declined comment after the hearing.

    Nolan’s attorney sees the allegations as a vendetta. Nolan in 2016 sued some local Republicans last year for defamation for accusing him of racism on a website GOPFacts.org. The website called Nolan “one of Campbell County’s most vehement racists.”

    “I would call it a conspiracy,” Grubbs said, but wouldn’t elaborate how the suit was connected. “You read the contents and find out. Go to the website and look at what they done to him.”

    One of the people who started the website, Mike Combs, said they have nothing to do with the accusations. He said he’s confident he will prevail in the lawsuit, which he called frivolous.

    “If there ever was something that could be called ‘fake news’ or alternative facts, this is that,” Combs said of Grubbs’ conspiracy allegations.

    Nolan's political and legal connections have created a complex legal situation. His daughter, Taunya Nolan Jack, is the Campbell County Circuit Court Court Clerk.

    The attorney general has appointed special prosecutors and special judges to avoid conflicts. Hearings have been held in courthouses in Boone and Kenton counties and will move to Campbell County in the summer.

    Nolan was arrested and indicted in Boone County with a special judge, Elizabeth Chandler from Carroll County presiding. All court documents are filed with the Boone County Circuit Clerk. Lape will preside over the case now.

    The next hearing will be in the Campbell County Courthouse at 1 p.m. July 7 with Lape presiding.

    The prosecutors declined comment.

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    We sure that the grandmother that is a tenant on his farm actually paid her rent?? Heard that may have been part of the situation that he is in right now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TAC View Post
    We sure that the grandmother that is a tenant on his farm actually paid her rent?? Heard that may have been part of the situation that he is in right now?
    I have heard rumblings about the CCPD being involved in framing Nolan because he tried to consolidate the Campbell Co. Sheriff's Dept and the CCPD, thereby dissolving the CCPD.

    This one will be interesting to follow.

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    6 more indictments last week for Tim Nolan which brings the total to 12, I believe.

    Judge deems Tim Nolan a risk to community, maintains high bond

    Tim Nolan, adorned in a jail jumpsuit and leg shackles, shuffled into the Grant County Courthouse on Monday.

    Nolan, 70, pleaded not guilty on six more charges of human trafficking. With authorities now claiming 12 victims involved, including two minors, Judge Elizabeth Chandler declined to reduce Nolan's $750,000 cash bond.

    "I don't believe he'll be a flight risk, but based on the volume of people coming forward, I do consider him to be potentially a danger to the community," Chandler said. "And it might be in his own best interest so no one can accuse him of anything where he is right now."

    The charges against Nolan have shocked Northern Kentucky. He's well known, both for his time as a Campbell County district judge in the 1970s and 1980s and as a conservative political activist. He campaigned for Donald Trump in 2016 and became a fixture at tea party rallies and local government meetings.

    Now Nolan is lodged in an isolation cell for his protection in the Campbell County jail, his attorney, Margo Grubbs, said on Monday. He has serious health issues and needs to keep up with medications and doctor's appointments, she said.

    "When you put someone like that in incarceration there's a great risk of additional harm," Grubbs said. "When he could be reporting in with pre-trial people if the court would just give him a reasonable bond, he could help in his defense."

    The judge assured her that he'll still get all necessary medical treatment.

    His case is made more complicated by his status as a former district court judge and his daughter, who is the current Campbell County Circuit Court Clerk.

    To avoid conflicts, his hearings have been moved to three different courthouses with a fourth, Campbell County, at his next hearing scheduled in July. The attorney general has appointed special prosecutor Barbara Whaley to handle the case.

    Campbell County Police have asked any victims or people who may know of any victims to contact them at 859-547-3100. Grubbs said she's concerned about the police's solicitation of victims.

    "I think we're going to have more victims coming out because of the nature of the solicitation, the types of victims we're dealing with," Grubbs said. "It's a big story that has a lot of moving parts."

    Authorities haven't released details of Nolan's alleged crimes other than Attorney General Andy Beshear in a press release describing human trafficking as prostitution. Beshear said the crimes happened between 2010 and May 2017.

    The Campbell County Police have denied The Enquirer's open records requests for incident reports and warrants served on Nolan other than to release a heavily redacted report with little information.

    Whaley declined comment leaving the courthouse when asked by The Enquirer what Nolan did.

    So what little information available has come out piecemeal through court hearings.

    ► Campbell County Police served a search warrant on his Campbell County farm in February. Nolan previously told The Enquirer they took his computers.

    ► Some of the alleged victims live on his property as tenants, his attorney has said in court.

    ► Some of these victims have tried to contact Nolan, his attorney said in court on Monday. Whaley said Nolan has tried to contact some of the victims through third parties.

    Nolan faces more than 100 years in prison if convicted on the charges. But Grubbs warned the judge and others to not jump to conclusions.

    "This is an anomaly of a case," Grubbs said. "It's the telephone game. It's the truth game, and we have problems having a man of his stature put in jail when he is presumed innocent."

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    Detailed allegations come out in Tim Nolan human trafficking case | WKRC

    CALIFORNIA, Ky. (WKRC) - The investigation of former Campbell County District Judge and school board member Tim Nolan is continuing and more detailed allegations are coming to light.

    The 70-year-old is currently facing 13 counts of human trafficking, one count of rape, prostitution, unlawful transaction with a minor and tampering with a witness.

    In a document filed on Monday, the assistant Kentucky Attorney General prosecuting the case, Barbara Maines Whaley, claimed that: “The defendant used money, drugs, housing, threats to call the probation office and violent acts as means to coerce, deceive, and force these women to engage in commercial sexual activity, for months and sometimes years.”

    The document and search warrant affidavits filed by Campbell County Police describe heroin addicted, homeless women who Nolan gave money for sex.

    Whaley contends that Nolan “is continuing to victimize these perfect victims-who have felony convictions and are addicted to drugs- but instead of demanding they engage in commercial sexual activity, he can still manipulate with money in an effort to obtain statements that suit his current situation.”

    Whaley’s filing includes a Facebook message from a victim to Nolan that says, “U prey on girls that r havin a hard time n life and u make them ur sex slaves.”

    Campbell County police searched Nolan’s Burns Road farm 3 times in the last 6 weeks.
    In the affidavit for one search warrant a victim, referred to as Jane Doe 1, is described as “addicted to heroin, essentially homeless, had no transportation and had no income and that Nolan took advantage of her.”

    Jane Doe 1 claims she had “sex with Nolan in exchange for money over 50 times.”

    The search warrants retrieved cell phones, computers, flash drives, tapes and SD cards.

    “We are still working our way through that evidence,” said Campbell County Police Chief Craig Sorrell. “We do believe there is some relevance in the evidence seized.”

    Tim Nolan served as a Campbell District Judge from 1978 to 1986. He was elected to the Campbell County School Board last November and resigned after he was indicted on the first round of charges. Nolan boldly proclaims his innocence and says he was set up.

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    http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news...ars/666210001/

    The sex trafficking case against former Campbell County Judge Tim Nolan has kept growing.

    And it's getting stranger.

    A grand jury on Thursday indicted him on eight more charges, including rape of a female over age 12 from an incident dating back to the summer of 1965. That's when Nolan, 70, would've have been about 18 years old.

    The other new charges took place between 2004 and September 2016 and include two counts of human trafficking, one count of attempted human trafficking with a minor, one count of sodomy, and three counts of unlawful transaction with a minor.

    Nolan faces more than 100 years in prison on 28 felony charges, including four counts of human trafficking of a minor. The total number of victims is 22, including eight juveniles, according to the attorney general's office.

    A frail-looking Nolan shuffled into a Campbell County courtroom and entered a not guilty plea Thursday on the new charges.

    His attorney, Margo Grubbs, directed Nolan where to sit after he wandered past the defense table. She said Nolan suffered a fall in jail and had hoped to move the case along on Thursday.

    "I have a deteriorating defendant here," Grubbs said.

    The new charges further delayed Nolan's case. Instead of a hearing on several motions filed, Judge Kathleen Lape went back into her chambers to talk to the defense attorneys and prosecutor about the new indictment.

    Nolan's downfall has garnered much speculation and attention in Northern Kentucky since police raided his southern Campbell County farm in February. In addition to being a district judge in Campbell County in the 1970s and 1980s, Nolan made a name for himself as a leader in conservative politics, often raising objections about tax increases at public meetings. He filed a lawsuit against the libraries challenging their taxes.

    He also campaigned for President Donald Trump in 2016.

    The indictments don't contain details of the crimes. Information has come out piecemeal through court hearings and documents.

    Search warrants and affidavits from the Campbell County Police Department claim women identified as Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2 accused Nolan of extorting sex from them in exchange for money or under threats. Jane Doe 1 estimated she had sex with Nolan in exchange for money more than 50 times, often told by Nolan to do drugs and alcohol beforehand, the warrant stated.

    Both women said in the documents they were addicted to heroin. Jane Doe 1 was "essentially homeless" and Jane Doe 2 relied on Nolan for income, food and transportation.

    Under questioning from Grubbs, Campbell County Police Detective Donald Dornheggen said the investigation into Nolan began in December 2016 when one of the victims contacted a school resource officer in Campbell County.

    The victim and her grandmother lived on Nolan's property as a tenant.

    Grubbs declined comment, saying she was surprised by the new indictment. The special prosecutor in the case, Assistant Attorney General Barbara Whaley, also declined comment.

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    I know what to say. Not surprised in the least.

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    I have reserved commenting on this case, and it appears to be never ending, so here goes:

    1) Nolan may very well be guilty of some of the charges, I expect, to some extent, he is.

    2) Going back 50 years is, by definition, legal insanity if you are attempting to get a conviction.....however...

    3) If you are not familiar with Campbell County politics, you are at a distinct disadvantage in reading the charges and issues in this case.

    I believe that, while TN may very well be guilty of some of the charges, he is, I believe, the center of a political witch hunt. TN has embarrassed some of the most visible politicians in the county over the past 3 - 4 decades, has ruled ruthlessly from the bench, and is not a nice guy overall....having said that, he will never see the light of day and will likely die in CC Detention or a secure hospital bed. This is Campbell County political justice in a form that I don't recall seeing in NKY for a long time. I don't like TN, I know his history as a judge, as a politician and as a citizen.....

    There is an underlying evil both in the defendant and in the current Campbell system....I believe the center of which is the Campbell County Police Department...

    If Tim Nolan dies before trial, we are assured of getting more of the same, dirty, corrupt, illegal and immoral policing that we have seen from the CCPD for years...irrespective of his guilt (which I do believe he likely is), this whole case stinks and no one in CC politics can get that smell off their hands....

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    Quote Originally Posted by BirdBrain View Post
    I have reserved commenting on this case, and it appears to be never ending, so here goes:

    1) Nolan may very well be guilty of some of the charges, I expect, to some extent, he is.

    2) Going back 50 years is, by definition, legal insanity if you are attempting to get a conviction.....however...

    3) If you are not familiar with Campbell County politics, you are at a distinct disadvantage in reading the charges and issues in this case.

    I believe that, while TN may very well be guilty of some of the charges, he is, I believe, the center of a political witch hunt. TN has embarrassed some of the most visible politicians in the county over the past 3 - 4 decades, has ruled ruthlessly from the bench, and is not a nice guy overall....having said that, he will never see the light of day and will likely die in CC Detention or a secure hospital bed. This is Campbell County political justice in a form that I don't recall seeing in NKY for a long time. I don't like TN, I know his history as a judge, as a politician and as a citizen.....

    There is an underlying evil both in the defendant and in the current Campbell system....I believe the center of which is the Campbell County Police Department...

    If Tim Nolan dies before trial, we are assured of getting more of the same, dirty, corrupt, illegal and immoral policing that we have seen from the CCPD for years...irrespective of his guilt (which I do believe he likely is), this whole case stinks and no one in CC politics can get that smell off their hands....
    You admit Tim Nolan maybe guilty, but he is the center of a political witch hunt???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldbird View Post
    You admit Tim Nolan maybe guilty, but he is the center of a political witch hunt???
    Yes...and ? Do you think these are mutually exclusive statements ?

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