Tim Nolan, a former Ohio district judge who campaigned for Donald Trump, will spend the next 20 years of his life in prison because of human trafficking charges.
Nolan pleaded guilty to 21 counts of human trafficking and attempted human trafficking as well as giving drugs and alcohol to minors. He reportedly used drugs as well as threats of eviction or arrest in order to pressure girls and women into sex.
Some of his victims were paid in drugs, including heroin and painkillers, for sex. Others were threatened, with one victim living on Nolan’s property and complying with his sexual demands to avoid eviction. Nolan reportedly threatened another victim that he would call up his friends in the FBI to get her arrested if she didn’t comply.
“It brings closure and some justice”
Judge Kathleen Lape spent twenty minutes reading each of the charges, and Nolan pleaded guilty to each one.
“The punishment in this case does not undo the trauma inflicted on the victims, but it brings closure and some justice,” said Attorney General Andy Beshear in a statement. “I want to thank the Campbell County Police Department and our special prosecutions team for working this case.”
Nolan’s attorney, Margo Grubbs, seemed to suggest that Nolan’s conviction was a product of the current environment and generational differences.
“He took full personal responsibility for these acts that in his potential day and generation would not necessarily be considered to rise to the level of human trafficking,” Grubbs said, according to Cincinnati.com.
“I’m saying the underlying facts as alleged by victims do not necessarily equate to what really happened, because we all know in life there are two sides to every story,” she added. “The sad part of it is, often times the criminal defendant finds themselves at an insurmountable obstacle in order to prove complete innocence.”