Former Trump campaign chair and Tea Party leader Tim Nolan has pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 20 years in prison for human trafficking, Cincinnati.com reported Sunday.
Nolan, 71, used drugs and threats of arrest to force women and girls under the age of 18 into sex acts, the website reported, citing court documents.
The former judge accepted a plea deal where he will serve 20 years in prison and pay a $100,000 fine, becoming eligible for parole in four years, his attorney stated, according to the report.
Nolan Pleaded guilty to 21 of the counts filed against him — for crimes committed dating back to 2004. Some of the incidents occurred in the summer of 2016 while Judge Nolan was serving as the chair of the Donald Trump campaign in Campbell County, KY.
The Trump backer served as a district judge in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, and had just been elected to the Campbell County School Board in 2016 prior to being indicted.
According to a report read by Judge Kathleen Lape, Nolan paid some victims with heroin and painkillers in exchange for sex and threatened at least one victim, who lived on his property in southern Campbell County, with eviction unless she performed sex acts on him. Additionally, Nolan told some of his victims — some under the age of 18 — that he would turn them into to the FBI if they didn’t comply with his demands.
Nolan faced more than 100 years in prison on 28 felony charges, including four counts of human trafficking of a minor, authorities said.