A prominent Tea Party leader and former Trump campaign official in Kentucky pleaded guilty to human trafficking crimes on Friday, and will spend up to 20 years in prison.
Tim Nolan, 71, a former district judge who served as co-chair for the Trump campaign in his community, used drugs and threats of arrest and eviction in order to force women and underage girls into performing sex acts, Judge Kathleen Lape read in court. Of his 22 victims, eight were juveniles.
According to Lape, Nolan gave his victims heroin and painkillers, and threatened another woman — who lived on his property in Campbell County — with eviction unless she engaged in sex acts with him. He told other victims that he would turn them into the FBI if they didn’t do what he said.
In all, Nolan pleaded guilty to 21 counts of human trafficking and providing drugs and alcohol to minors dating back to 1965– and some of his crimes took place while he was serving the Trump campaign in 2016.
Nolan was a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump who had been elected to the Campbell County School Board in 2016. He was known among Kentucky Republicans as being “outspoken and controversial” and tried unsuccessfully to have Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell replaced as a delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention because of his lack of vocal support for Trump.
Despite Nolan’s service as a campaign chairman, GOP officials have since denied that he officially held the position, instead calling him an “enthusiastic volunteer.”
Nolan will be formally sentenced in March, and in addition to the prison time, will be required to pay $100,000 in fines. Before pleading guilty, Nolan initially faced up to 100 years in prison.