Tim Nolan (politician)

Timothy Lee Nolan (born February 5, 1947) is an American registered sex offender and former state district court judge, a former leader in the Republican Party and a former chairman of Donald Trump's presidential campaign in Campbell County, Kentucky. On February 9, 2018, he pleaded guilty to 19 counts of child sex trafficking and human trafficking; on February 11, 2018 he was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison.[2][3]

Tim Nolan
Timothy Lee Nolan[1]

(1947-02-05) February 5, 1947 (age 74)
NationalityUnited States
Known forDonald Trump campaign official, state court judge, convicted sex trafficker
Political partyRepublican Party
Criminal charge(s)rape, human trafficking, witness tampering, prostitution
Criminal penalty20 years imprisonment


Nolan attended Covington Latin School[citation needed] and received B.A. degrees in philosophy and geology from Thomas More College, and a J.D. from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law.[4] He was City Solicitor for Newport, Kentucky in 1976,[5][4] and in that capacity Nolan "requested that Commonwealth Attorney Lou Ball investigate obscenity violations" against a local bookstore and theater.[6]

Nolan served as a state district court judge in Campbell County, Kentucky from 1978 to 1986.[7][8][9] He ran for the Kentucky Supreme Court in 1982, losing in the primary election.[1]

Political careerEdit

Nolan has been one of the leaders of the Republican Party in Kentucky. In 2016 he was the Campbell County, Kentucky chairman of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, after receiving the personal support of Donald Trump early in 2016.[10][11] As a member of the Republican Party identified with the Tea Party movement, and later as a supporter of Donald Trump, Nolan has often criticized the Republican leadership in Kentucky.[7] River City News publisher Michael Monks described Nolan as an "outspoken and controversial" political figure in Kentucky.[12]

In April 2016, Nolan unsuccessfully tried to remove and replace Senator and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as a delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention due to McConnell's lack of support for Trump.[13][10][12] On May 17, 2016 Nolan was appointed by Governor Matt Bevin as one of the four members of the first Kentucky Boxing and Wrestling Commission for a term expiring in May 2019,[14] but was removed from office days later due to controversy over a social media post.[12] While he defended himself in the racism scandal, his lawyer admitted he "dressed up" in KKK costume "every year".[7]

In August 2016, Nolan filed to run for a seat on the Campbell County School Board.[15] He ran on a platform of "eliminating property tax revenue for schools gradually" and finding other ways to fund education, such as selling naming rights to schools, and advocated state-supported school vouchers and raising teacher salaries.[15] Nolan won election to the school board in November 2016, defeating incumbent Rich Mason.[16] Nolan was noted as continuing to serve on the school board when being "charged with human trafficking" on May 2, 2017,[11] but resigned from the position on May 4 after being "indicted on nine felony and two misdemeanor counts".[17]

Criminal chargesEdit

In 2017, Nolan was charged with 28 felonies including charges of rape, human trafficking, witness tampering, prostitution, unlawful transaction with a minor and sodomy. There were 22 victims, including eight juveniles.[11][18][19][20][21]

Nolan initially pleaded not guilty to the charges on May 12, 2017.[22] On February 9, 2018 at age 71, he pleaded guilty to 21 counts going back to 2004 and included 19 victims, including juveniles. The agreement called for 20 years in prison and to pay a $100K fine. He entered an Alford plea for some charges. The counts indicated he engaged in human trafficking, providing drugs and alcohol to minors in exchange for sex, and threatening arrest and eviction unless sex acts were performed.[23]

Electoral historyEdit

1982 primary election: Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court, 6th district[1]
Candidate Votes %
Donald C. Wintersheimer 11,077 39.0
John J. "Jay" O'Hara 9,068 31.6
Tim Nolan 8,235 29.0


  1. ^ a b c "Primary Election, May 25, 1982, Supreme Court Judge, Sixth District" (PDF). Kentucky State Board of Elections. 1982.
  2. ^ Donald Trump's former campaign manager Tim Nolan sentenced to 20 years in prison for child sex trafficking, The Source, Jason Cordner, February 11, 2018. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  3. ^ Trump campaign co-chair gets 20 years for sexual abuse and trafficking teens
  4. ^ a b Chris Mayhew, Campbell school board's makeup up for grabs, Cincinnati.com, (November 2, 2016).
  5. ^ "Newport Delays Flouridation", The Cincinnati Enquirer (December 28, 1976), p. 37.
  6. ^ Michael L. Williams, Sin City Kentucky: Newport, Kentucky's Vice Heritage and Its Legal Extinction, 1920-1991 (2008) ISBN 0549859306.
  7. ^ a b c Wartman, Scott (June 10, 2016). "Former judge files suit over KKK photo". Cincinnati.com.
  8. ^ Bevin appointment rescinded after Facebook slur, Courier Journal.
  9. ^ Kentucky Bench & Bar, vol. 44, p. 28, 1983.
  10. ^ a b Jordan Arizmendi, The Rise and Fall of a Kentucky Trump Campaign Manager, Political Haze, 25 April 2017.
  11. ^ a b c "Ex-Trump campaign official charged with human trafficking". Reuters. May 2, 2017.
  12. ^ a b c Former Trump Kentucky campaign chair charged with human sex trafficking of a minor, Rawstory.
  13. ^ TEGNA. "Trump allies sidelined in Kentucky delegate battle".
  14. ^ "Governor creates new Kentucky Boxing and Wrestling Commission". May 17, 2016.
  15. ^ a b Mayhew, Chris (August 9, 2016). "School board tops Campbell County election filings". Cincinnati.com.
  16. ^ "Campbell County Schools Board of Education District 5 challenger Timothy Nolan unseated incumbent Rich Mason".
  17. ^ "Former Campbell County judge indicted on rape, human trafficking charges". FOX19 Digital Media. May 4, 2017.
  18. ^ "Former Campbell County Judge Tim Nolan indicted on more charges going back 50 years". cincinnati.com. September 14, 2017.
  19. ^ Trump Supporting Ex-Judge Arrested for Child Sex Crime, The Daily Beast.
  20. ^ Ex-Kentucky District Judge Charged With Human Trafficking, US News & World Report/Associated Press.
  21. ^ "Former Judge Indicted On Additional Felony Charges". Lex18 NBC. June 23, 2017.
  22. ^ "Prosecutor: Sex Charges Against Former Judge Cover 9 Victims". Associated Press. May 12, 2017.
  23. ^ Wartman, Scott (9 February 2018). "Ex-Campbell County Judge Timothy Nolan to serve 20 years, pay $100K fine after plea". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved 9 February 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)