Tim Nolan, the self-proclaimed chair of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign in Campbell County, could face up to 20 years behind bars for felony charges that also include promoting human trafficking of minors and unlawful transaction with minors, according to a press release from the Kentucky attorney general’s office.
The 70-year-old former judge was arrested in April and was later indicted on 28 felony counts and a pair of misdemeanor charges. As part of a plea agreement, Nolan pleaded guilty to 21 of those charges, which involved 19 victims. He’s also required to pay a $110,000 fine — the bulk of which will be donated to the Human Trafficking Victims fund established by state Lawmakers in 2013.
Nolan’s indictment rattled his small Kentucky community, where he worked as a district judge until 1985. He was well-known in Campbell County as an outspoken member of the Tea Party and enthusiastic Trump backer.
Until his arrest in the spring, no one bothered to question his role as chairman for the local arm of Trump’s campaign. In wake of the news however, officials have denied Nolan ever officially held the prominent position.
Phyllis Sparks, a Boone county Republican who said she served as the state’s coalition director, previously told the Cincinnati Enquirer that Nolan was nothing more than an “enthusiastic volunteer.”
Mike Fields, who was appointed Trump’s Kentucky campaign chair in August, declined to comment.
Nolan, who has previously defended his role as chairman, is no stranger to controversy in the political arena.
The former judge in June sued the managers of a website that posted a photo they said featured Nolan in a Ku Klux Klan outfit. Nolan said the man in the image was actually a friend who’d only posed for the 2013 photograph as a joke.
He noted in the suit that Trump campaign opted not to drop him after being assured he was not a racist. He was however, removed from his post in the Kentucky Boxing and Wrestling Commission shortly after the photo circulated.
Gov. Matt Bevin rescinded the appointment in May 2016, also in part due to a crude Facebook post in which Nolan called Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. an “a–hole.”
Nolan — whose daughter worked as the Campbell County circuit clerk — had supposedly been angry at the well-liked official for encouraging Bevin to veto an item that would have given raises to clerks.
Source: NY Daily News